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comment by katakowsj
katakowsj  ·  937 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The problem isn’t that life is unfair – it’s your broken idea of fairness

     Why wouldn't life be considered fair?  As far as science has revealed, all human beings play by the same laws of physics.  Our world operates under the very same rules wherever we exist.  Unfortunately, we all start out our existences in very different circumstances.  Maybe, our job is to find a way to help each other navigate the world so that we can all have more desirable outcomes.

On the news this morning, I saw that there had been some serious flooding in West Virginia and some homes were washed away, and some people died. I immediately felt compassion for these folks, but then asked myself, "Didn't these people know that they'd inhabited homes in a floodplain? Isn't there some local geologic evidence that would have indicated that homes built there stood a decent chance of being lost in a flood? Did anyone know this, or did anyone have anything to gain/lose by sharing or ignoring this information? Or, did some folks just get a discount on their property that was built on a floodplain and decided, at one point, that the risk was worth it."

The rules were there all along for any person that did or did not build in that floodplain, but now it is a tragedy. It sure doesn't feel fair, but the rules were there all along. Where does the responsibility fall?