What is the meaning of Fair? Sure the dictionary.com meaning is “
Having or exhibiting a disposition that is free of favoritism or bias; impartial: a fair mediator.
Being in accordance with relative merit or significance: She wanted to receive her fair share of the proceeds.
Consistent with rules, logic, or ethics: a fair tactic.
Moderately good; acceptable or satisfactory: gave only a fair performance of the play; in fair health. “
What does that mean in todays society. When we see polls on what people think is fair? Don’t we all have our own meaning of fairness? What i may think is fair and even, is actually not even close to Joe Blog’s meaning of fair and even. Maybe it is the community/ social collective that we get fairness from. I don’t like the idea that people can say that was a fair trial, or fair dealings.
This is mainly coming from the sentencing of Schapelle Corby in Indonesia, who was caught smuggling in 4.1Kg of Mull into Bali in a bodyboard bag. She was sentenced on friday to 20 years. There has been huge public outrage over the sentencing, pointing of fingers at the Indonesian Legal system, saying how backwards they are. I do think that she is innocent, BUT the board bag only had a board and flippers, total weight about 3-5kg. Add 4kg of mull, it would be noticeability heavy. I don’t want to get into that to much, it ignites to much anger, debate that i can’t be bothered for at the moment. This is blog about fairness, but i’ll relate my next point to schapelle corby, Australian people are saying that they are going to boycott Bali, because of what happened to her. Is that Fair on the balinese? They live and breath for the tourist market. If Australian market was to dry up, like after the Bali bombings, it would die. People would be left without jobs. Fair? Not by my reckoning, I have just read a report by the singapore star paper. It was interesting because of the fact that they are outside the Australian media circle, all the hype and emotion. Reporting from other countries on large local issues, make more sence to me. It is in my opinion fairier, less biased.
I have just thought of a different tack for all this. When migrants move to a new country, legally or illegally- do they bring with them there “fairness policy” or take on the Australian policy? I would hope that it would be a mixture of both, it would make Australia (or any country) a broader and more acceptable country that can take on different views of fairness. I guess from writting this i have found that what is fair to me, could be totally the opposite to those that are on the other side of the picture. I guess that is what makes the planet that we live on so amazing, we all have different views on everything, including fairness.