In this post, I talk about my days on the farm, you should read it. Everyone will agree with one thing: we all want everything to be fair. We all disagree on the exact definition of fairness. Anything done to make things fair can only reduce, diminish, bring down, and suppress those that have risen above. The problem of fairness is two fold. First, nature is random. Second, some people work harder than others.
Randomness of Nature
Nature is unfair. While everyone should be born with equal rights and intrinsic value, we are not all born the same. I want to be clear here, I am talking about the genetic randomness and I feel extremely strongly that people should be judged on their merits and skills, not the color of their skin or sound of their accent. Some people are born to be tall and healthy while others are born without limbs or missing organs. Some kids are raised in two parent homes with proper nutrition while others are not. This is random and it is not fair. Nature's randomness cannot be corrected. For that matter, if we could make everyone born equally, we shouldn't, because the diversity in the gene pool is an important part of survival of the species. Since there is very little we can do about the unfairness of nature, I want to move on to things we can control.
Work and Opportunity
The other side of the coin of fairness is one's work ethic. Some people work harder than others. Some people quit easier. Some people are willing to sacrifice more and some sacrifice too much. All of these individual variations of effort produce different and seemingly "unfair" results. There is some opportunity that comes into play with timing and means, but for the most part, work and preparation create success.
I wish I could play the guitar. I see those that play very well and think, "I wish I had been blessed with musical talent." The problem is that I'm not willing to put in the thousands of hours of work it takes to be a talented musician. Some people look at "talented" people and say that its not fair.
Another example from my personal life. I have a very fun job. I get to draw, photograph, create, play with things, etc. Marketing is fun. I enjoy myself. There are those I work around that don't like their jobs. Some of them don't think its fair that I enjoy my job. I would like to invite those that don't like their jobs to do something about it. Either make your job better or make your self better.
If they want to go through what I went through (and continue to do) to learn the skills I have, more power to 'em. If they want to survive on fast food ketchup packets and canned tuna for a semester, work three part time jobs while going to school year round for three years, stay up till 2am every night teaching themselves photoshop after finishing their homework and putting in the countless hours it takes to become a creative... Then they should, its worth it. I started by digging holes and working on landscaping crews. I've worked in the cotton and sugar beat fields of my grandpa's farm. I learned something in these early years: I learned that I didn't want to do those things for a living. Those days in the middle of the deserts of California in the summer, wading through crops watered with treated sewage in the blazing heat, Grandpa would pull up in his beat up pickup and yell from the window, "Cory!"
"How's college look to ya?"
"It looks good Grandpa."
"Good. Get in the truck."
Do you know what I did when I got to college? Everything I possibly could to become as skilled as possible in areas that didn't involve manual labor. I did all this so that when the opportunity came, I had the skills and the work ethic. Now, I'm lucky enough to have an entertaining job.
The universe will answer sacrifice and effort with success. Then, others will look on and call it unfair.