“The world isn’t fair, Calvin.”
“I know, Dad, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?” ~Bill Watterson
There’s great wisdom, I think, in learning to stop expecting fairness—by which we generally mean what Calvin means, getting what we want, which, when we think that way, can never really be enough–because we never stop wanting things. Still, the problem isn’t wanting fairness (especially when it’s fairness for others), it’s hitching our personal happiness to it. Why?
Because fairness isn’t the key to happiness. The happiest people in the world aren’t those who’ve gotten “the long end of the stick,” but those who are happy simply to have a piece of the stick. Not those who can afford to go anywhere in their private jet, but those who can look up at the sky, and say, “All that beauty–and I get to look at it for free anytime I want!”
“Life is never fair, and perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.” ~Oscar Wilde