Is life fair?

Asked by Jane Belanger

December 1, 2010

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Melissa Markos

From Golden Hill (Law School Student)

Yes. It all evens out in the end. It’s not fair every day, but in the end it all works out.

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A.J. Rosenberger

From Los Angeles (Video Editor)

Life is certainly not fair, but it’s as good as you make it. Vietnam is a perfect example. It’s a hard place to live, but the people there make a lot out of it. It’s nowhere near as easy as living in America. You see people who have nothing, but they make a lot out of it. It’s hard, but you do with it what you can.

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Y-Quyen Rosenberger

From Los Angeles (Special Ed Teacher)

Did I tell you I’m a special-ed teacher?! If life were fair, then we wouldn’t see the atrocities that we do see in this world, and people would all be caring and honest and take care of one another. At this particular time, and on this particular day that you caught me, life is absolutely not fair. It’s full of lying scuzzballs.

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David Horvitz

From North Park (Office Manager)

No, not at all. Just naturally, with animals, inherently I think the universe is unfair. There’s parasites and bacteria...the universe is just trying to kill you. The laws of nature say that we’re destined to fall apart.

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Ben Dunbar

From Mission Valley (Bartender)

No, no, of course not. If it was fair to everybody, then it’d be fair to no one because everyone’s working at opposite ends. If it’s fair to me, then it’s not going to necessarily be fair to everybody else.

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From North Park (DJ)

At times it seems like it’s not. However, friend, it absolutely is fair. I’ve gone through some rough times, and in the end it usually all works out.


Joe Poutous Dec. 1, 2010 @ 12:40 p.m.

...And because it is not fair, Ben is employed. Barkeep! More Jack on ice!

David. Re-read what you said. With that argument, Life is fair. Eventually everyone (every living thing) dies. That is the ultimate level playing field. The universe owes you nothing.

For me.. Life is fair. You win, you lose, you die. You are on top of the world one day then the worlds toilet the next.

In the grand scheme of things even politics are fair. Governments start with great intentions (or not) become (or start) corrupt and crumble from within.

But at the end of the day... who gives a F. Just try for be fair in your personal dealings, work hard and stop bitching about your lot in life.

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MsGrant Dec. 1, 2010 @ 1:08 p.m.

Reminds me of the famous clown quote, Tiki –”Don’t take life too seriously, nobody makes it out alive anyway!”


jonzander Dec. 4, 2010 @ 8:26 p.m.

I'm not so convinced that the question itself is so pertinent. Our race (humans) isn't as glorious as we makes it out to be. I mean we as a race do a lot of terrible things to each other every day. If you say life isn't fair, then you take these things into account, and if you say life is fair then you dismiss all the terrible things we do to other humans. You live in a world that is ignorant to the suffering, especially the suffering this country(US) incurs to many other countries which allows its citizens to live in such a plush manner.

We are so insignificant to the rest of the cosmos but people still get caught up in the intricacies that life presents. Asking questions like "Is life fair?" brings personal opinion but what significance does that hold if people just choose one side or the other?

Realizing the beautiful things that exist around us and learning to love as much as possible is the only constructive attitude I can conceive.


areplicant April 14, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m.

Because I am employed, life is unfair? Are you trying to insult me?


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