Who says life is fair, where is that written? ― William Goldman
Have you ever felt so struggled for things which come so easy to others? Have you ever felt like you are the only one who bears the weight of the world by putting it on your shoulders? Nobody sees the pain you hide behind your smile because the truth is nobody cares, at least not enough to understand. Nobody sees the battles within our hearts. Poor people think the rich is rich because of dirty corruptions, and the rich believes that poor people are poor because they are lazy. Doesn’t everybody share the same goal? Doesn’t everybody want to be happy? Happiness should not be this hard. Who said this world was fair? But then, why is it unfair?
Democracy is a myth. In Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem, there is a paradox when it comes to social-choice decision; it is impossible to have a fair reflection representing everyone’s preferences. Free markets are only free because we fail to see the rules, boundaries, and restrictions behind the curtain. If there is such thing as freedom of choice, then drugs, guns, human organs, alcohol, slaves, and child labor should never be banned in the market of free trade. However, those things are banned for the sake of morality. But then, there must be someone to decide it was wrong in the first place. Thus, rules, boundaries, and restrictions are somewhat a matter of belief from certain group of people. What about the other group of people? Because their voice is underrepresented, they have no freedom of choice. Then, there is no completely free market, or democracy. In the real world, Pareto Efficiency does not really exist. Everybody cannot be better off without making others worse off, however small the minority is. In this case, the world could never be fair to the people whose perspectives defy the powerful.
Governments try in vain to act like it has no power. Senators try to convince the public that certain laws they establish are not political but economic truth. Politicians criticize and point out each other’s flaws just to make themselves look better. They always claim to have devoted themselves to save humanity, solve problems, and seek peace for mankind. They give out promises they never keep, yet every citizen keeps on developing false hope for a better tomorrow. They pretend to be Spiderman, leaving everything aside to fly and catch you before that car crashes you. They make you feel like they are your hero with awesome superpower until you fail to see the piano wires and the cameras. They regulate fair trade and free market, while only companies with certain capital could be opened with the permission for location outlets. The central bank controls the printing process and dictates all the interest rates. Therefore, interest rates are managed by politics and all prices are politically determined. Their excuse is that only government intervention can prevent inflation and recession. How could anything be fair when the world is in the hand of somebody?
Getting more does not usually mean individuals fight harder. Most people in rich countries are paid more than they ever deserve. Some of them receive fifty times higher wages for basically the same job just because they are in a more developed country. This does not mean that their productivity is higher or that they are generally better; it only indicates that their country has immigration control, and wages are greatly decided by the government. In similar case, agricultural farmers tend to make the lowest possible income even when they do most of the work. In contrast, the middle men normally take advantage of the poor people by purchasing produce for cheap prices to make a fortune with an expensive tag. Here is another way to look at it: companies are run in the interest of owners, not the future of the society. If employees are, let’s face it, able to please the employer, they are more likely going to get implicit promotion which is not in their contract. If so, truly hardworking people will miss out on this opportunity as they would rather focus on their work than entertaining their boss. In a much smaller scale, students with better grades are not necessarily more productive. Whereas good students review hundreds of pages for the upcoming exam, other not-so-good students find the answer sheets online and, therefore, achieve better GPA without focusing during lectures. Where, my dear, is justice?
Humans underestimate things stroked as ‘the most important’. How often do you get bored when your mother asks you too many questions? How often do you wish so badly that the person you are attracted to talk to you that much? Maybe it was the way we were taught, or maybe it was nature. Maybe we just always look up to the coolest and most interesting experience without knowing we occasionally live in an illusion. Most of my male friends, despite having claimed to be feminist, still believe that men ought to be stronger and such actions like crying ought to only be on women’s list. This is a simple pathway to another think tank. Do men still believe they are more superior after all this time? Why do babies say ‘momma’ before ‘dadda’? If men do not need that much emotional support, why are sons typically closer to their mothers than their fathers? Does this mean women are better off at home, being emotional and spending time daydreaming? Is that why we value the Internet more than washing machine? As far as can be seen, the Internet provides eternal ideas which are, half of the time, never implemented. Teenagers spend less time with their friends to make more abstract friends on social media who never truly care about them. Adults abandon networking and developing life plans, scrolling through their phones any chance they can get. Babies watch too much of YouTube videos, delaying their ability to speak. Yet, we admire the Internet as if it is our goddess, refusing to see what matters more. It is true that all washing machine does is washing. However, it reduces so much time that it allowed women to be able to go to work. It all can never be fair if we never notice our little big mistakes.
We are so lost. We were taught to be selfish, to scale, to grow… for our better tomorrow. We do not know that what we are doing might be leading our world into chaos. We do not respect each other’s opinion, we admire the rich and look down upon the poor, we look good rather than do good, we underestimate almost everything that should matter. What are we? We are just humans. Happiness should not be this hard. The word ‘fair’ should not be this hard. But we all know that, by now, most people have neither of those.
© VITAK CHEAV