The evening light hits some branches practically making them glow while others are left in relative darkness. I think the contrast brings the photo to life. It’s also fundamentally unfair because the light left some branches to be the boring contrasting elements of the photo and not the star attractions. Call me unsympathetic but I’m fine with that.
Those hard-luck branches lead to an interesting question. Where did we ever get the idea that life was supposed to be fair?
At our house, whenever someone started complaining that life wasn’t fair the answer was numbingly predictable. Life isn’t fair! Even though I said it hundreds of times, unbelievably, I still occasionally get caught in the same trap.
Somehow kids at the youngest ages seem to think that life is supposed to be fair. Adults with much life experience hit a rocky patch and start talking about fairness. Why?
It’s especially surprising when you start objectively looking at the evidence. Our world is littered with unfairness. Every day babies all over the world are born, healthy or not, into families that are loving or abusive, rich or impoverished among many other differences.
Life principles like hard work often yield great results but you don’t have to look very far to see they are not fair results. Unfairness examples abound! Our sense of fairness must come from somewhere else.
Kids may be taught the benefits of playing by the rules to keep it fair. But they can see the results are not the same – some just run faster, draw better and finish the test faster. It seems doubtful that the idea could be so deeply ingrained from teaching. While I am still open for probable causes, it seems like something we are born with.
Trouble comes, not from trying to discern the cause, but what we do with the concept. Focusing on unfairness only feeds unhappiness.
So at the end of the day, it’s definitely not fair some of the branches not being treated fairly. I still like them in my photo … they’ll get over it.