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This is my "changes" from the orignial essay. My teacher gave it back to us in order to correct and understand the errors. The mark isn't changeable!!!! So however you guys help me, I won't get a better grade.
What comes to your mind when you hear ”fairness”? The racism during the Second World War and how cruelly some people treated the Jewish people? Or why your mother gets a lower salary than your male teacher even though she works as hard as him? Or whether animal research is right? Fairness is nothing but a concept that arises from humans viewing the world as a perfect place, which is not possible.
Human used to expect other to invest as much as themselves do in a relationship or friendship, but the reality often shows the wrong way and as a result human become disappointed. Human think of equality for instance if Sara gives Tom a gift that costs 100€ then she will expect him to give her a gift that costs in average 100€. Somebody call it fair and somebody would call it equal? Do fairness and equality really share the same meaning? Equal would be when Tom gives Sara back as much as she gave, but it is not fair to Tom because it is not what he wants but what he should. Isn’t it better that Tom gives the Sara a gift that costs as much as he thinks she deserves?
Fairness is a widely spoken topic all around the world - society, schoolyard, work, home, you name it. But still there is no clear definition of fairness, that everybody will agree. An example for this is, the recent president-selection in USA, Obama talked a lot about fairness in society but so did Romney as well. Still Obama won against him and the reason might be that Obama has an opinion of fairness that is agreed with the residents of America more than Romney’s do. And certainly Obama is a great discourser too, which made him win the president-selection. However the main point of this essay is not about the president-selection but fairness. Due to the fact that a country would be completely catastrophic if everyone does what they think are right and wrong and follow their own understanding of fairness, therefore we have laws. In my meaning laws are general opinions of what is right and wrong, fair and unfair. In Sweden death penalty is abrogated, because the Government deems culprits need a second chance. And of course, if he only broke the law one time he shall get a chance to change, it won’t be fairly if he is sentenced to death penalty. But what about those serial killers and serial rapist? Should they get a second chance? For instance, one year ago in Norway a man who called Anders Behring Breivik he killed 69 persons, is this cruel man worth a second chance even though he killed 69 persons life and most of them were teenagers? He did not only one wrong, but also 69 wrongs, so the question is is there still hopes that he will change to a better person? Anders Breivik, the murder of 69 persons, was sentenced to prison for 21 years, with possible that he will be release after 10 years. At the earliest after 10 years, in spite of his actions, he will be back as a normal person, perhaps even go back to work. Does this really sound fair to all his victims and also family of the victims?
Another widely spoken topic that deals with fairness, is whether animal research is right or wrong? When asking scientist why they are using animal in research? Their answers are nothing but “helping human, rescue human” etc. In brief, they do not do it because of joy but for us, in one way or the other we are the main reason, the criminal ringleaders. Seeing animal research from the perspective of animals, it is totally wrong. Because who has decided that animals lives are less precious than ours? Is it fair to the animals, that we can use them in order to cure different diseases, but when it comes to a dog that accidentally killed a kid, and then it has to be deceased? Sharks, bears, crocodiles are dangerous when it meets an enemy, but human eat all kind of animals in order to become full. What creatures are the most dangerous? Human.
What is fairness when it comes to an individual? Is it certain that a person that fights will succeed and achieve his or her goal? For example, if Jonas, whose dream is to become the best Tennis-player, puts all his energy and also all his money in Tennis, but still it is not guaranteed that he will be the best Tennis-player, because in the world there is millions as him. Only the volition doesn’t reach far, he has to have the luck on his side as well. Then again, fairness is only a simple concept that will never come true, but at least there will be a chance if he fights, without fighting there will be no chances at all.