The Human Condition Articles
As the grandfather in The Princess Bride says to his grandson (who complained "it wouldn't be fair!"), "Who says that life is fair, where is that written?". Truer words were never spoken, but we CAN take action to even things up a little.
The hardest thing for me to see (and I think the most unfair) is when children are subjected to horrible things, through no doing or fault of their own; rather by virtue of where and to whom they were born.
Now, let's go change some lives...
Where I’m from we like to put people’s minds at rest by telling them: “She’ll be right mate!” Our way of saying don’t worry.
You might love to book a time to swim amongst the dolphins, but we prefer to swim amongst the sharks. Well that is the perception from the outside looking in. Is it just the laconic spirit of our nation, or is it simply that sharks really are not a big worry for a sun and surf loving country?
A lot of worry is based on unrealised concern and can really drain you. It can bring you to a point of obsessing that pushes everything else into the background. A lot of times it can be downright irrational, what you are worrying about. In fact, not looking more closely at your pet worry leaves you ignorant of the true facts about that worry.
Does it concern you that your name one day will fade from peoples’ lips and memories? That your life had very little impact on?
I was shocked to look up the definition of “Legacy” and read: “an amount of money or property left to someone in a will.” As in: "my grandmother died and unexpectedly left me a small legacy." Here was I thinking of grandiose things left to you like:
- Grandma’s Secret Sauce recipe (think Colonel Sanders)
- The Solution to the Riemann Hypothesis
- A fleet of rare and vintage cars
In an article in The Guardian: “Ten of the Strangest Wills of All Time”, people used their will as a romantic gesture (a rose every day to someone’s wife). A way of lashing out at one’s family ($110 million not to be distributed until 21 years after the death of their last surviving grandchild). Or what best could be described as a mindless act (a fortune left to 70 strangers randomly chosen from a phone book).
So, you think kids should have a 'fair go', regardless of their background?