Social justice crusaders seem to believe that government should be in the business of regulating fairness. In reality, the government cannot possibly create a world that is free of unfairness. Moreover, fairness is not a state matter. The world is not fair. That’s the way it has always been, and that’s the way it will always be. Any attempt by the government to interfere in the natural course of things only makes matters worse. If you don’t believe me, take some time to check out the results of our government’s 50-year-old war on poverty.
Now am I happy about the lack of fairness in the world? Of course not. For example, it seems totally totally unjust that some people who have never smoked, drank, or done illegal drugs have to suffer from cancer other serious illnesses while many people who do smoke, drink, and use illegal drugs have never had a major medical problem. I also resent the fact that a small number of people have more resources than they could spend in 1000 lifetimes while others who are just as deserving (or maybe even more so) have barely enough to survive. And I often wonder why it is that some people have the opportunity to go everywhere and do everything while others never get a chance to go anywhere or do anything? The world is just so out of balance, the way I see it.
With that being said, I have never searched for a political candidate who will promise to use government to “make things right.” I don’t vote for politicians who believe in the redistribution of wealth. I don’t support candidates who want to make sure that everyone gets the same outcome. I don’t vote for people who try to force private businesses to treat everyone the same. I don’t feel like the government should compensate me or anyone else for not getting a “fair shake” in life. It is up to each to individual to overcome any unfairness that life throws at them, pull themselves up by the boot straps, turn the tables, and live opportunistically. In other words, it is up to us to put concerns about fairness aside and create our own good fortunate. No one’s going to do it for us.