Of course, a majority the ideas created by man also falls under that category, but the concept of being fair is interpreted in the wrong ways by the human population as a whole.
In some cases, people would call it Justice. But as we’ve all learned ever since we were kids, other people’s idea of being “fair” is never in our favor.
The problem lies in the innate nature of humans. There’s never a reason to want to give up an advantageous position. What may seem ‘fair’ to a third party almost always seems bad for us, since we’re conceding something to someone.
However, that does not deter us from trying to establish a system of Justice. Ever since Hammurabi’s Code, all manners of communities have tried to establish rules and laws for the people to follow, with following compensation should those rules be broken.
But is it done correctly? Apparently not. Even now, countless amounts of people have been wronged by every single established system ever created. The heart of the problem lies with the established solution: two sides argue out their stories and try to establish a better hold on the judge/jury presiding.
If you break it down, it’s the same exact thing as we do when we’re kids caught fighting and trying to point fingers at the other guy while a teacher sighs. The teacher has to be fair but the teacher wants to finish this problem up as fast as possible. It was pretty well established during childhood: girls are always right, the bigger guy should not pick on the smaller guy, whoever is crying is right.
It’s far more difficult for court cases and trials, but the basic premise is the same. Someone has to listen and act mature while two sides argue. The impossibility is that judges deal with multiple cases at a time and juries are being yanked out of their daily lives to come listen to two people squabble.
Of course, we have a dilemma. It’s also impossible to program a robot with impeccable judgment due to some cases being a moral or human emotional problem. Additionally, “justice” as determined by the community (who made the laws to some extent) and the punishment is general; not tailored for each individual.
This is a huge problem. Even if someone is convicted correctly, short of killing him, how do you make sure he isn’t going to commit the crime again? If punishment worked, we wouldn’t have convicts being repeatedly sent to jail or committing crimes a second time. However, that doesn’t mean we should just execute all criminals on the spot.
Ultimately, the only people who can judge and pronounce a sentence would be God, and the person in question. Because only those two know the truth of the matter, and if the person is at fault, only they would know the exact thing that can be done to stop them in the future.
“Life is unfair.” it has been pointed out. That is true. To everyone, it seems that life is ALWAYS unfair, and never unfair in YOUR favor. That is because the act of actually trying to be fair, makes both sides think it is unfair. The person who started out with an advantage thinks it unfair that he has to give it up. The person who started out disadvantaged is disappointed that he did not get more out of it.
Trying to settle things fairly only leaves both sides disappointed. While I don’t have a solution here, but it’s probably a good idea to rethink the concept.