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What does fairness mean to you?

Original post made by Just Curious, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 28, 2009

When you think of fairness, what comes to mind? Aside from the definition, what do you think it entails and consists of? Where does the concept come from and why do we feel so frustrated when things don't seem "fair"?

We often hear, "Life's not fair..."

But if that is true, what motivates us to want things to be that way?

Can things ever truly be fair?

If it isn't important, why aspire to it. If it is, how can it be achieved for all?

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Posted by Hank
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:52 am

The short answer...

"Fairness" to Conservatives is an equal "opportunity" to achieve the American Dream.

"Fairness" to Liberals is equal "rewards" or "outcomes" regardless of how much effort the individual has put into their work. If you extrapolate the Democrats' definition, a society that is truly "fair" in their minds where everyone (except the dictators) is treated the same, it is North Korea.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 29, 2009 at 2:34 pm



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Posted by LawStudent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Just Curious,

Sweet bait and Switch Post, NOT!

Enough already!

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Posted by Just Curious
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Law Student,

What? I don't understand your post.

Exactly what "bait" did I leave and exactly what did I "switch" it with?

I asked an honest question because I am "just curious" at what others perspectives are.

Ignoring the Town Forum Troll (aka Cholo), Hank took it down a political route, but there is also other perspectives and I am interested in all of them.

My question stands. From what I've read in your other posts, I'd truly be interested in what your thoughts are if you are willing to consider it.

Thanks! :)

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Posted by LawStudent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

O.K. I got it!

With the political climate and tone in the forums, FAIR would equate to what Liberals live for and demand as cited by the conservatives.

I expected the type of reply that Hank gave and more of that.

Keep in mind, that I do not consider myself to be one way or the other, most of the time, for the matter of investigation, evaluation and hypothesis of political jargon.

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