As I was reading this morning’s latest news, I saw all this:
- Nicole Arbour goes viral shaming fat people.
- Hundreds of people turn out to celebrate KY bigot Kim Davis’ release from jail.
- The lion-killing dentist is back at work and more media types showed up than protesters.
- A survey shows that most of us believe black people are treated differently by police.
- A Hungarian journalist trips migrants running from the police.
After reading all that, I was angry. I thought to myself, “it’s not FAIR!!!!”
Then I recalled the old adage I learned long ago, “the fair comes to town one week a year, and this ain’t it.” Now I am resigned and will move on.
But first I had to ask, why is it so important to me that things be fair anyway?
Maybe I was born this way.
Jessica Sommerville and Marco Schmidt studied 15-month-olds to see if they had a sense of fairness. And guess what? They do!
So if we’re born with this sense of altruism, why is there such inequality in the world today?
In a word, abundance.
Once mankind had plenty to eat, the more conniving of the bunch began finding ways to gain power by holding more goods. It’s all about greed.
Maybe that’s why the poor are more likely to share with others, but the rich keep trying to find ways to make more money while holding onto what they’ve got.
I don’t know, and I’ve no time today to research that hypothesis.
At any rate, I feel good knowing that my sense of outrage comes naturally, and that I’m not alone in feeling the world isn’t fair.
It’s just that some of you are ignoring your instincts.