Thursday, May 6, 2010

What is fair?

Let's say you live on a world where there are two separate societies. Both societies consist of the same species but in one society, let's call it Ellitopia, they have a high quality of life. They have an established set of rules that allow all their citizens the potential to prosper and treat everyone equally, they have an abundance of natural resources and they recognize the value of an education, As a result, their society has amassed a great amount of wealth. In the other society, let's call it Palinbeckistan, things aren't as good. The have scarce natural resources, they have not yet discovered the value of an education, they have corrupt leaders who exploit their positions of power and oppress the majority of their population.

Now the people in Ellitopia realize how good they've got and and want to protect it. They don't want the Palinbeckistinians coming over and causing problems so they set up rules to keep the Palinbeckistanians out. The Palinbeckistinians, of course, look on the Ellitopians with longing and wish life could be better for them. They think the solution is not to fix their society but to become part of the other society.

Now here's my question. Are the Ellitopians within their rights to say, we don't want any Palinbeckistinians in our society? How did they get this right? Is it the random advantage of being born an Ellitopian that gives you access to the good life and gives Palinbekistinians the misfortune of living a life of misery? Is that really fair? I'm just curious.......

7 comments:

Sue-Z-Q said...

If I was born and raised as a proud Ellitopian and worked hard at keeping my land the way it was then I think that is what gives me the right to not want the Palinbekistinians coming into my world and living off of the Ellitopians hard work. They are more then welcome to learn from us and make the changes they need to be like us. I am just saying :)

Kirby said...

No, I son't think you have the right to keep them out. But you can't allow the nation to come over because that would bring down your country similar to what happened in Germany when they accepted East Germany. So you need different kinds of visas and a quota system. duh!

Greg said...

A society is based on the laws and agreements between members of the society. This is where the right to deny entry comes from. I do believe that it is random advantage of birth. This doesn't mean that it's fair - it is just the way it is. Is the Queen of England any better a person than a poor laborer? The Palinbeckistan people need to start demanding more accountability from their elected officials. They need have access to education and opportunity. They need to show the Palinbeckistan government that in the long run, everyone will be better off. Unfortunately there is no political advantage in long term planning. I'm sure the Ellitopian government would be willing to work with the Palinbeckistan government to provide more accountability, better opportunity, better security, but without pressure from the people, where is the motivation?

Brooke said...

Well said. :)

Anonymous said...

I think the problem is that the Futuredemocratians...er Palinbeckistinians want to illegally immigrate and then have no intention of assimilating to the Ellitopian society. They instead wish to make parts of Ellitopia into Mexico...er I mean Palinbeckistan.

The melting pot seems to be broken or possibly unplugged.

Odie Langley said...

I am also proud to be an Ellitopian and don't believe for a second that the Palinbekistinians should be allowed to just come in and take what we have just because they want it. They need to earn the rights and priviledges by following necessary rules meaning there is a right and wrong way to come into another persons country. Enough said..

refugee from reason said...

Just think Jack Kennedy: "Life isn't fair."

Nice blog, by the way.