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What Goes Around Comes Around

The Four Steps for Life to move from Unfair to Fair

Life is not fair! complain envious citizens when they see someone with more than they have. Life should be fair! says the politician, and he promises to fix the problem. Elect me and I'll get the law changed to make it fair.

There are many "useful idiots," in Vladimir Lenin's evocative phrase, who believe their politicians without skeptically exploring to see if their words make any sense, or no sense - sometimes written as one word: nonsense.

Always investigate what someone has to gain - especially if they want you to believe them without questioning what they say. [A crucial strategy to follow, especially with politicians wanting to take more of your money!]

Avoid creating any more justifications for government to interfere in the smooth running of the economy. Eliminating inequality becomes yet another impossible goal for government, politicians, and bureaucrats alike.

Public Choice

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It's important not to be cynical. But it's equally important to ask yourself if someone trying to persuade you to believe what they say. Is it genuinely in your best interests, or in their own?

Professor James M. Buchanan of the Cato Institute won the 1986 Nobel prize for Economics by demonstrating that both politicians and government employees are just as venal - mercenary - as everyone else. His Public Choice analysis conclusively proved that self-interest is not solely for private citizens, exactly the same self-interest is also the primary concern of politicians and public servants.

Even when someone has nothing to gain by your belief, and so may not be spinning the truth, they will naturally put their own best interests first. First come their spouse, their children, and the rest of their family; then come their goals, their ambitions, their friends...

Why does Life seem so Unfair?

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People walking in circles is fair not unfair
Nishant (name disguised) recently asked: Why does life rain the hardest on those who deserve the sun?

My reply: The rain strengthens them so troubles worry them less. Iron becomes far stronger steel in the heat of the forge. We all become stronger when we overcome our troubles. [But don’t ask for strength, since what you usually get is
adverse situations in which you can develop the strength you want...]

Nishant continued. But it's not fair.

I replied that life is indeed fair. But you only get this when you deeply understand its context. Life actually goes round in circles:
  1. You judge yourself and your situation at every moment

  2. You then choose your next action

  3. All actions have consequences, some more unpleasant than others, and

  4. "What Goes Around, Comes Around"
Karma is the unfolding of all these, especially #2, #3, and #4 ...

First we Forget, then we Judge

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Nishant responded by again condemning the unfairness of life. Especially since he hasn't done anything to deserve it.

I replied saying we all forget what we've done in the past and then judge life as unfair. Could you have forgotten any unfair actions? Even if you have done nothing bad at all to anyone in this lifetime, how about in your previous lifetimes?

Nishant then asked why would he be punished?

Life is Entirely Fair to you

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My response: You're judging what's happened as a punishment. Yet that judgment is making you very unhappy, and you'll get very sick inside if you continue. So discover how to stop judging. Are you confusing assessment and judgment, despite the enormous difference between these two?

Life is always entirely fair to you. If you don't understand how and why, this simply means that you don't understand - you lack understanding. What makes life totally fair is that it's just natural law unfolding, karma. Your previous actions have consequences:

What Goes Around, Comes Around!

Nishant's reply. THANK YOU SO MUCH (capitals in the original)

Food for Thought

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"Life in general has never been even close to fair, so the pretense that the government can make it fair
is a valuable and inexhaustible asset to politicians who
want to expand government."

- Dr. Thomas Sowell, African-American economist, University Professor, syndicated columnist, brilliant and prolific academic author.

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