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Its Unfairness October 14, 2009

Filed under: Classics — Kristi @ 1:12 am

“Not the pain of this but its unfairness was what dazed Peter. It made him quite helpless. He could only stare, horrified. Every child is affected thus the first time he is treated unfairly. All he thinks he has a right to when he comes to you to be yours is fairness.” (from Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie)

My parents like to retell the story of one summer when we were making the long drive to South Padre Island and my little sister asked, “Daddy, why did God have to put the beach so far away from our house?” I smugly cut in with, “Oh, Whitney, don’t you know life isn’t always fair?”

It’s strange what seems unfair to those of us who have always been treated with justice and compassion. Sure, there are those pesky “other” teenagers we feel so strongly about when we are on the receiving end of their snubs; and the occasional teacher with Umbridge-like tendencies; and the infuriating answer from our parents, “Because I said so!” But many of us have never known true unfairness, true lack of justice….truly bad form of the Hook-ish variety.

Imagine the children who live in poverty, the ones who live in fear of massacre, the ones in constant danger, the ones who are sold into slavery, the ones addicted to drugs because saying “no” is really not a choice they have, the ones who sleep on dirty orphanage floors, the ones who suffer disease and lack of education. Imagine true unfairness. And tell your children about it. Make them aware. Then do something about it together.

Volunteer. Give. Spread the Word.

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2 Responses to “Its Unfairness”

  1. kristibrokaw Says:

    To reference some previous thoughts, we all could stand to empathize a little better. Perhaps the beginning of empathy is acquaintance with the struggles, hardships, injustices, and general “bad form” that others face in their lives.
    It’s time that we tried crawling into another skin and walking around a bit.

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