Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, April 23, 2007
Generally when somebody says, “it’s not fair!” what they really mean is “whatever just transpired did not meet my expectations, fell short of my ideals, and generally turned out counter to how I would have liked it to have turned out. I was wronged somehow and don’t have the words or the interest at the moment to identify the actual issue for a sensible discussion. Or maybe I saw a truth that I didn’t want to see and I’m trying to deflect attention. In any case, as a self-proclaimed arbiter of fairness, I am now free to become argumentative and draw sweeping, illogical analogies and dare you to defy them. I have claimed the high ground. I am right; you are wrong. I am rubber; you are glue — whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.”
At least, that’s typically what I mean when I say it.
Was that too wordy?….