I’ve been thinking about what I deserve. I think about it a lot. Because the truth is, most of us don’t get what we think we deserve. We get more (I didn’t do any work in that class but I still got an A…) or less (You deserve better than him. Men are dogs…), but rarely does our karma come with exact change. So why are so many of us, myself included, so interested in making sure things are fair (I’m always calling her. It’s not fair for me to do all the work in this relationship…)?
As far as justice goes, fairness is a main idea. It’s a major theme. Does working hard for my money mean that I deserve it? I want to say yes, but there are people who work harder than me for less money. Does that mean that even though I work hard, I don’t really deserve the money in comparison? Does breaking the law mean that you deserve to be deported? I know that some people say yes, but does that mean that it’s fair to be punished twice for the same time, as long as you’re not a US citizen? That it’s fair to punish some people more than others?
But because I think about fairness a lot, I’ve already written about it! Instead of reinventing my thoughts, you can visit my post from last year: