fairness

 “One man’s justice is another’s injustice.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have you ever experienced injustice? Were you blamed for something that you clearly did not do? Did you fail to get picked to be part of a team because the leader didn’t care for you? Did someone else get recognition for something that you did?

Live long enough and you’ll be sure to experience some injustice or unfairness based on various factors, including race, religion, gender, or sexuality.  In fact, most people learn at an early age that life is not always fair.  You might get blamed, someone else gets what you deserved, and people can just be mean for no reason at all.

Do you operate with a sense of fairness, equity, and justice within? Do you try to be fair in all situations? Or do you operate more from a self-serving motivation? Do you want to win or be the best no matter who gets hurt on the way to your success? Do you believe that all are created equal? These are important questions to ask yourself as you travel your journey through life. After all, the virtue of fairness contributes to moral standards that impact others in mighty ways.

Here are some things to consider as you strive to embrace justice, fairness, and equity into your life:

  1. Let people speak openly.  Many people judge people before they even allow them to open their mouth. They might prematurely judge them based on their race, the way they are dressed, or something as simple as their hairstyle.  Don’t pre-judge anyone. Let people speak openly and listen with an open heart. You don’t have to agree, but you can listen openly and treat them fairly.
  2. Be the mediator. If friends are arguing about something, do your best to stay impartial and simply mediate the argument. There’s no sense bringing in your views, especially if they differ from your friends’. Let them work things out between themselves while you simply take it all in and mediate.
  3. Be aware of your preconceptions. If you realize that you have treated someone unfairly due to any reason, as soon as you realize it, apologize and resolve not to do it again. Sometimes treating people unfairly based on preconceived ideas simply becomes a habit, but if you can be mindful of this, you can break that habit.
  4. Do not take advantage of others.  You might be tempted to take advantage of someone else’s ignorance or mistakes, but in order to be upstanding don’t do it.  Those who are selfish do such things and their conscience does not bother them.  Be the kind of person who looks out for others and is proud to value the traits of justice, fairness, and equity.

Take some time to gauge how you’ve done in this department. Do you consider yourself a fair person that values justice and equality? If not, take heart this challenge to become a person who does. When you are not, you not only hurt others, but you hurt yourself whether you realize it or not. If you’ve been judgmental and unfair, apologize and resolve to be open and fair.  Purpose to treat others the way you would like to be treated.

ACTION:

MAKE A LIST OF THOSE YOU HAVE JUDGED WRONGLY.

APOLOGIZE TO THEM AND RECORD HOW THIS MAKES YOU FEEL.

 

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