Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Fairness vs. Kindness

Fairness doesn't always equate to kindness. Being fair does not necessarily mean being kind - and the reverse is true as well. Sometimes, to be fair to one person, one must be unkind to another. Sometimes, to be kind to one person, one must be unfair to another. The occasional bending (or breaking) of rules to give someone a break, or the blowing off of a previously made appointment in order to help a friend in need, may not technically be "fair" but are certainly worthy of commendation. Conversely, making somebody unhappy while maintaining over and over, albeit truthfully, that one acted fairly is hardly a noble course of action. Whenever possible, choose kindness over fairness.

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