Fairness is treating each other even handedly so that each person receives a share. With fairness, we meet everyone’s needs. We listen to the views of others with openness, and expect to be heard with equal respect. We don’t focus on who is right but on what is right for all concerned. Without bias, favoritism or prejudice, we level the playing field. We are as protective of the rights of others as we are of our own. We seek not to overpower but to empower. We are lovers of justice.
In Family Life
In a family, fairness means treating each member equally, respecting their perspectives and needs, and allocating resources and responsibilities justly. It is demonstrated through open communication that it fosters an environment where every family member’s opinions and feelings are valued and considered. Decision-making processes are transparent and inclusive, ensuring no one person’s voice or desires overshadow others. Fairness also involves:
- Sharing responsibilities in a balanced manner.
- Taking into account each family member’s capabilities and limitations.
- Avoiding favoritism.
Ultimately, a fair family operates on principles of empathy and understanding, striving to maintain harmony and equal opportunities for growth and well-being among all its members.
“Hear one side and you will be in the dark; hear both sides and all will be clear.”
— Thomas Chandler Haliburton
The Practice of Fairness
- I treat others justly.
- I hear others points of view with openness.
- I expect respect for my perspective.
- I care more about doing things right than being right.
- I believe in fair play.
- I have a win/win attitude.