Fairness

Today there was an online discussion that started with the argument that it would be unfair to those who died from cancer if there was then a cure for cancer. Then the question was is it fair to those who have paid student loans to now have free higher education? Now, I think I know what you are thinking, but hear me out on this.

As I see this, the question is it” fair” to the people who have died from cancer if there is now a cure for cancer? Is it “fair” to those who have paid or are paying student loans for a college education to that same education to now be free?

One of the synonyms for “fair” is “equitable”. It is not “equitable” for one group to pay off loans for years and another group to attend at no charge for identical higher education. IT is not “fair” for one group to die from cancer and another live because a cure for cancer is found.

It would be great if state colleges were free to students who live in that state. But, is it “fair” that some students have free education and others had to work three jobs while going to school to pay for it or take out student loans with the interest rates they carry?  No, it is not “fair”.  

Is it “fair” if marijuana is legalized the people who have served time for possession still have served time they cannot get back? If they are released, they have still served time they cannot get back. Should they receive compensation? What is “fair”?

So, is it “fair” to the people who have paid back college loans to now have free education for others who will be in the same workforce with the same degree? No.

Is it desirable for there to be a cure for cancer and free education? Of course, it is desirable. That does not change the answer to the question of fairness.

A member of the group asked if it was fair for someone to have their student loan forgiven after ten years and persons graduating now not having that option? No, it is not fair, but that is why there is a saying that states “Life is not fair.” It truly is not fair.

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