“That’s not fair!” How many of us have heard this in our own lives let alone through the mouths of our children. Tenet #2 talks specifically about fairness and how the things we do and the decisions we make should be set based on fairness, not on the gain of one.
We try and teach fairness at an early age specifically through teaching our children to share and take turns. Now as we all know this is not always an easy thing to teach a young child, but as parents we persist and convince our child of the importance of this.
Unfortunately as some of us get older the teachings of our youth get lost in the shuffle of life and as we enter our professional life, we tend to find that we sometimes can become a bit self centered, thinking about “me” instead of “we”. What happens from this is that many people think about what is fair for “me” instead of what is fair for “us”.
What this tenet espouses is that in thinking about decisions, if a decision is fair, the decision being made will not offend anyone and is likely to advance respect and have sustainability.
Can you imagine what a world would be like if we all were able to live and promote fairness daily. Try it for a day, be fair in all your decisions and see what it is like to live in a different way – you may just want to change for good!
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