“The world isn’t fair, Calvin.”
“I know Dad, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?”
Being Just & fair means that one is fair and balanced in all his dealings.
It also means having respect for others and conducting yourselves with complete fairness and without any biases.
Two great examples for my young kid to understand Fairness as a way of life
We have all heard the story of Ashoka, the Great. Though initially, he was brutal he was completely transformed after the Kalinga War. He embraced Buddhism and became one of India’s most loved and just ruler. He was so fair that he forbade slaughter of animals too and promoted the idea of ‘live and let live’ to his people.
- King Ashoka is a great example of a Just & Fair ruler.
Another perspective that I wanted to add here is that Feminism is an extended expression of Fairness. Raising a voice for women to be able to make their own choices, stand on equal grounds, and live lives on their own terms definitely make Feminism a voice of fairness. And if that be the case, Disney princesses like Mulan who challenged the gender roles, to Merida who strongly voiced out her decisions and gave a great lesson on being yourself rather than blindly trying to be the stereotypical woman portrayed strong roles depicting Fairness.
How can you help kids honour the Just?
- To be a just and fair person, one has to be honest in his/her ways. Make honesty and truthfulness the fundamentals of living at home.
- Try and work towards being open and unambiguous.
- The next thing to work upon is to start treating others as you would want them to treat you. Start this with your kids first.
- Even if in practical life one cannot always be free from bias and prejudices, the process of becoming a fair person is to be mindful, have the right intent and then keep practising consistently.