It’s business. It sucks.
In a world where there is no cosmic court system, we can drive ourselves crazy over fair.
Even if we go to great lengths to set the record straight and satisfy our sense of justice and seek out the soothing waves of vindication to wash over our weary hearts, there is no guarantee that the gavel will come down on our side.
Kudos to the vigilantes who take a real stand for fairness and ensure that people never settle for anything other than what’s right.
But let’s not shit ourselves here. Life isn’t a graphic novel. Ruining our day in a quixotic quest for fairness is an enjoyable illusion, but one that can ultimately leave us feeling unsatisfied, confused and incomplete.
Dilbert said it best when he observed that fairness isn’t an objective feature of the universe, it’s just a concept that was invented so children and idiots can participate in arguments.
The goal, then, is to stop endlessly cycling the argument about what is fair, and to crack on solving the problem of our real world realities.
Getting laid off by a startup who needed to cut costs and run leaner for their next round of venture capital funding was certainly not fair. It made me feel abandoned, confused and pissed off. But it was not a personal affront to cosmic justice. It did not devastate me into the fetal position in the corner of the office.
It’s business. It sucks. And it’s not the first or the last time it will happen to me.
Meanwhile, many of my colleagues, for whom that company was their first job out of college, could not let go of fairness and unfairness. You should have seen some of the submitted questions to management during our all team meeting. Outrage would have been a compliment.
Lesson learned, courage is the power to confront a world that is not always fair.
More importantly, courage is the also the power to frame our emotions in a way that converts turbulence into creation.
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