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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 132: Green With Envy

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193506/Humans-innate-sense-fairness-means-wed-short-changed-say-scientists.html

A study has shown how petty humans truly are - and claims that it is a sense of "fairness". Participants were made thirsty and then offered an eighth of a cup of water and told that their "partner" was given a 500ml bottle and chose to only share this small amount. The participants were then given 2 options: either drink their small amount of water, or deny it which would mean that the partner would also not be allowed to drink their share of water.

Does this not beautifully show how spiteful we are? We would rather act in revenge and denial than stand independently as an example to others. We would rather have an "eye for an eye" than give and share unconditionally. We would rather divide up the Earth out of spite than allow dignified life to all who live upon it.

Definition of "fair": free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice.
Definition of "spite":  a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.

Our shared mentality has become "if I can't have it, no one can!" - and we don't even realise it. The study above claims that it is our sense of fairness that leads to us denying water to our partner if we are slighted by them, and yet if this were in a different context, such as if a teacher were to deny food to a child because the child has not been taught to share, we would call it cruelty. What makes one spiteful action any different from another? The desire to continue living this way. The wish to remain ignorant of our true natures so that we may continue hoarding as much apparent value within this life as possible - and guard it jealously.

We are a petty and jealous lot. In a movie, if we were to watch a stalker saying to his/her object/subject of obsession "if I can't have you, no one can" and yet we cannot recognise our own stalker-esque nature. We are living within and as a warped sense of justice, as in our minds, justice is only given to those who can pay for it or to those who have done something to deserve it. We are far to petty to allow all who live to be guaranteed justice unconditionally as we are simply too jealous. In our minds, we cannot bear the thought of other people being treated the way we are treated when they haven't earned it and we have. We cannot comprehend the concept of unconditional sharing as we have placed a value on life where some are worth more and deserve more than others.

I forgive myself for not realizing that my definition and understanding of "fairness" has been warped to cater to our accepted and allowed nature of spitefulness in which we justify our spitefulness with fairness.

I forgive myself for not realizing that in order to create heaven on Earth we all need to learn how to share unconditionally with others.

I commit myself to redefining the word fairness so that it can no longer be used to justify abuse.

I commit myself to living as an example of unconditional sharing to others.

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