When we were very small, my two older siblings and I wanted EXACTLY THE SAME EVERYTHING. We all wanted five cookies if that was what was on offer, we all wanted the same amount of milk, the same amount of raisins in our cereal, and the same everything. It drove my mother crazy — but the human brain is always categorizing and weighing and comparing. We’re geared and hardwired to believe that we’re not getting our due if we don’t get as much as someone else.
But, the truth is this: there’s really no such thing as a “level playing field” unless some people wear shoe lifts and stand on blocks. Fair is everyone getting what they need, not getting all the same thing. This is a big truth that MATURE kids learn. Now, let’s try it with adults…
(Hat tip to Tu Books tumblr.)