We know this. We’ve been told this so many times, we’re sick of it. Time and time again, RocketBootDad has, in response to my cries of “That’s not fair!”, said “Life isn’t fair.” But why? Is there any reason why it can’t be fair?
When you think about it, what we’re actually doing is telling our kids, from an early age, that Justice is flawed, that the concepts of Right and Wrong are completely pointless and that what it boils down to is what you can get away with, and what you can’t; Risk vs Reward.
Before children are beaten with The “Life Isn’t Fair” Stick to the point where Hope, Justice and Possibility lie Shattered beneath the Iron Jackboot of Cynicism, they ask The Right Question. Which is? Why.
There is a stage where a child will ask of its parent “Why?”, to which the parent will inevitably give some hastily fabricated web of nonsense. Undeflected, the child persists and eventually the exasperated parent roars “Because it just IS!!!!!!!“. Now, as I constantly find myself telling RocketBootKidKid, that’s not a real reason.
“Because it is” is the universal excuse given by all The Worlds adults to their offspring for the shit they’re going to inherit. Now, we rationalise this by saying that we want to protect them from the harsh realities of life. But my point is really; why do they need protected? Do there have to be any harsh realities?
To everyone whose brain has just gone “Yes”, I will say “Why?”, and then I’ll say “My point exactly!” Is there some genetic or biological or cosmological or any-ological reason why we can’t sort all the things which we rationalise by saying “Life isn’t fair”? I think we should all be able look at things and ask “Why?”, without our brain automatically answering “Because it just is.”
Because if we can’t, I fear it may be the death of us.