It Ain't Fair - Me and them other people
It Ain't Fair!
MONTANA — Greetings from the Big Sky Country.
I’ve dealt with this issue before, but it continues to rear its ugly head.
And it ain’t fair.
The numbers don’t lie.
It’s obvious to anyone who looks at the facts that it isn’t fair.
But what can be done about it?
What, I ask?
Oh, I should probably tell you what I’m talking about. Better than that, I’ll show you. Just look at the Life Expectancy charts1 below.
You see it don’t you?
It’s so obvious.
Talk about inequity at work.
People in Hong Kong live over 30 years longer than people in the Central African Republic.
It ain’t fair.
So what do we do about it?
In the old days, people would have suggested things like improving medical care, housing, sanitation, food supplies … stuff like that. The goal was getting the people in those countries with lower life expectancies the ability to have the same opportunities for long life as the people in the higher life expectancy countries.
In our world today, we know the problem isn’t equal opportunities.
The problem is equity.
Get it in your brain.
Equity means getting people to have the same outcomes. That’s the only way to go.
If people live 30 years longer in Hong Kong than they do in the Central African Republic, there is only one solution — we must “eliminate” the older people in Hong Kong until the numbers match.
I know that sounds harsh but we’re talking about equity.
And when there is a problem, equity is almost always the solution.
One other thing you may have noticed when you looked at those life expectancy lists. Women live longer than men.
I grant you I may be a little biased, but that really ain’t fair.
In the United States women live about five years longer than men.
Now you may be thinking the “elimination” approach might be used to make things equitable, but that’s not required in today’s world. A guy just has to say he’s a woman and — poof! — he just added five years to his life.
What a deal.
Doesn’t it feel good solving the world’s problems?
Here are some stories I found interesting last week.
“Teen Football Player Thinks It’s Just a Normal Coin Toss — Until He Sees Army Dad Dressed as Ref” by Epoch Inspired Staff.
“Another New EV Automaker Launches Three, and Driverless Electric Trucks Coming to America” by This Week in Engineering. I am fascinated by the development of driverless vehicles. This short (under 5 minutes) video describes the work of one company developing an electric driverless truck. And it includes a report on another company bringing three new EV cars to market.
Before I go I’d like to share a blessing with you from the Old Testament.
“May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26 (The Living Bible)
Until next time … be the reason someone smiles today!
Life Expectancy for Countries (infoplease.com)