Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Keep playing an unfair game
"That's not fair!"
Every time I hear those words I smile because I am reminded of Scott Adams' assertion that "fairness" isn't a feature of reality, but a concept invented so that stupid people could feel like they are participating in conversations.
Maybe that's true; maybe it isn't completely true.
However, "fair" does figure into playing games with agreed-upon rules. When someone doesn't play by those rules you feel it isn't fair. You can whine about it, you can keep trying to adapt to the "new" rules, you can "cheat" in your own way and hope to somehow win, or you can walk away.
Some people seem to think of The State as a kind of game. They realize that the rules seem to only be applied in one direction- against individuals who are not a part of the government gang- but they still believe they should keep playing and try to win. Or at least not lose.
What I don't get is that so many of those people think whining about the unfairness will change anything. As long as you keep playing, what incentive is there for any change? You'll keep playing, keep losing, and The State will keep teasing you with the promise of winning a little bit... someday.
When playing against someone who keeps changing the rules to benefit themselves, you are an idiot to not walk away.