20 May 2008

Fairness, Idealism and Other Atrocities


My dear wife was kind enough to send me this witty and insightful piece by P.J. O'Rourke in the L.A. Times. He gives today's graduates some to-the-point advice. An excerpt from the full article:


4. Forget about fairness!


We all get confused about the contradictory messages that life and politics send.Life sends the message, "I'd better not be poor. I'd better get rich. I'd better make more money than other people." Meanwhile, politics sends us the message, "Some people make more money than others. Some are rich while others are poor. We'd better close that 'income disparity gap.' It's not fair!"


Well, I am here to advocate for unfairness. I've got a 10-year-old at home. She's always saying, "That's not fair." When she says this, I say, "Honey, you're cute. That's not fair. Your family is pretty well off. That's not fair. You were born in America. That's not fair. Darling, you had better pray to God that things don't start getting fair for you." What we need is more income, even if it means a bigger income disparity gap.

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