The Pursuit Of Fairness
“The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fair.” — Dr. Steve Maraboli
During one of my first group Bikram “hot” yoga classes I was serendipitously positioned near a male I saw at a party the previous night. By the time the yogini leading our morning class entered the studio he was already sweating profusely & appeared ready to tap out pre-workout!
To my surprise, he didn’t tap out. He fought through the early vinyasa and near the middle of the class I over heard him mutter something akin to, “Please God Help Me!” While completing a challenging pose that tempted him to surrender to the heat & fatigue. Nonetheless, he persevered & survived the hour long session.
After class, in the locker room — we acknowledged each other: Talked about the party the night before & he joked that he probably would have had less to drink if he knew the torture his girlfriend had signed him up for; guised as meditative exercise the following morning.
I laughed with him, before leaving to complete the second half of my workout. Mulling over what I heard him say during the workout.
“God, Please Help Me!”
This stood out to me for several reasons, yet the most pronounced was the fact that being able to beat the evolutionary odds & general unfairness of life by being in a yogi studio with his girlfriend detoxing an epic night, opposed to being something lesser like an Amoeba was already a win!
Hell, we were born winning.
You had a 1 in 400 trillion chance of being born human. It took a lil help to beat those odds!
“I’ve seen a lot of people in agony in the thirty plus years I’ve been alive — few more distraught than those who exist in a perpetual state of victimization.” — Donte’ A. Bundrent
Perspective is everything. No matter how hard one attempts to manifest “fairness.” The pursuit in & of itself is unfair.
That statement doesn’t excuse injustice. Instead, it recognizes that most talk of “the pursuit of fairness” is farcical.
Call To Action
I implore you to seek empowerment & equity. You won the lottery being born! Bestowed with gifts & talents beyond the cognitive ability of virtually every living thing. Provided a body that has the ability to improve, strengthen & adapt.
Mens Sana In Corpore Sano
Demand more from yourself & the world around you! A lot of folks have been experiencing unfair treatment in perpetuity … Break the cycle!
“It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” — Henley