i recently heard a parent say this to a preteen child outside a grocery store here in town.
i smiled thinking of hearing it so many times before.
i began to ponder the question: is the world really not fair?
what is 'fair'?
in english, fair has multiple meanings.
we refer to the sky on a bright sunny day as fair.
when people of a community gather to celebrate, we call that a fair too.
and in business, when all parties involved get enough of what they want in mutually agreed upon amounts,
we call the deal fair.
that last one is probably what untold numbers of parents throughout history have been referring to.
that when we count up how much everyone on the earth has of what they want,
it comes up looking like an unfair business deal.
it seems to me that kind of accounting doesn't make sense here because the world isn't a business.
it's more like a non-profit organization, which would have a different focus. people in a non-profit generally seek to enhance their community through a generous application of compassion.
compassion is the great balancing element in any situation, especially in civic organizations. any good non-profit keeps running because enough people in it give and receive with their focus on compassion and balance rather than profit.
the world is no different. when we give our interest, intensity and passion without an accounting,
we see the world, indeed the universe, much more in balance.
even if we cannot see the grand scale on which it occurs,
in it's entirety,
like a mild summer day
or a community celebration,
life is surely fair.