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As I was moving ahead, occasionally I saw brief glimpses of cogito-cultures.

Fairness WhatsApp Chats

Fairness. We have all heard the word. Most of us know what it means. But as it turns out, all of us have very different images of it. Look at these excerpts from my WhatsApp chats: 

“In terms of relationships there is not really any fairness at all. There can never be a right or wrong justification for what people do” – a designer at Google, invested in User Experience

“If you specify a context, that particular fairness will be pegged to its framework” – a Ferrari employee.

“It’s the idea that no one should be favored, that they get what they deserve. Makes me think about the concept of justice too haha” – a Cognitive Science researcher.

“It is being true to yourself and to your words… not proving yourself a hypocrite” – a late-40’s AstraZeneca manager

“For a self-centered individual like me, fairness will comprise everything that is in my bubble” – an Actor and ex-financial analyst

“Being empathetic about someone or something and then acting accordingly” – a Master’s student passionate about Biodiversity Conservation

“Deeply imbibed in the idea of fairness is the idea of meritocracy, the two cannot exist one without the other” – further remarked the Actor

“Treating everyone equally irrespective of their cadre both in professional and personal and social life” – a late-20’s employee in an Indian bank

“Wow, its difficult to say it without referring to unfairness and hence, without circularity” – a post-doctoral researcher in Cognitive Science

“Fairness as in skin tone or moral fairness?” – many(!) Indian interlocutors

So how do we, as conversationalists and friends, understand and describe fairness?


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