Nothing, absolutely nothing burns my ass more than unfairness. It is deceitful, immoral, inhuman, unethical, disrespectful, underhanded, and just plain rude. When I hear of a situation someone has found themselves in that is clearly unfair and are having a tough time trying to rectify it, I can feel my rankled nerves fire up. Push that button in me, and seriously watch out because no one, I mean NO ONE should be treated unfairly.
In my world, unfairness revolves around castrated systems.........made up of bureaucratic tapeworms that devour living, breathing human beings and spits out faceless cut outs whose forms fit certain policy garb. One dimensionally shaped the same, void of feeling, and emptied of any unique story that may make them an exception to a rule, faceless cut outs are much easier to contend with than the real deal. Prejudged even before the person can open their mouth. Prejudged even before there is a face to face meeting.....if one is even arranged, and if it is arranged, the balance of power is always, always TILTED, weighed down by rules and regulation ammunition, and preconceived myths.
Unfairness reeks of injustice. It distorts perceptions by slapping judgemental labels on the nearest victim. Empathy is laughed at. There's no room for empathy. It's for sissies. But you know what? Systems can't be unfair without human beings manipulating it right? Systems are driven by living breathing humans who bleed too...... sadly, humans who are afraid to deviate from the fear mongering policy manual. Is that it? Afraid to listen, afraid to help, afraid of reprimands if they risk stepping out of the assembly line? Perhaps it just comes down to the fear of FEELINGS??
We all have biases. Mine is focused on unfair practises. I have no time for them. I will fight them. I will go to bat for anyone I believe is getting the shaft, who needs someone to be their designated hitter. No problem. However, my emotions often get the best of me because of how much I am triggered by unfairness venom. Most of the time, I don't care. I can figure it out after the wrong has been righted............ or at least we've given it our best shot.
Yes, I can see the big picture when it comes to the overarching reasoning behind needing structure, guidelines, rules, laws. And Yes, I can sometimes/barely work within a system if I have some respect for it. I'm not a pushover though I have advocated in the past for people who turned out to be frauds. But, I do react too quickly sometimes when I see a Samson and Goliath scenario playing out.
Today, unfairness poisoned the air all around me. It festered and laughed hideously while jousting with a firepoker. It pissed me off! As much as I have learned how to manipulate unprincipled actions into submission, I do know how to play the game, how to stretch the sides of a policy, how to talk nicely and even bomb it with love. Sometimes though, I slip up and let my anger lead the way. Today, I let it rip! On purpose. Because I could. I punched the lights out on unfairness. Tomorrow round two. Bring it ON. I'm not finished.
Yes, today was a good day. I got an emotionally charged cerebral workout while teaching someone how to stand up for their rights. Empowerment should never be overruled by a human driven system made for cut outs.