Injustice

The word “injustice” gets tossed around a lot. There is a great deal of injustice in this world, but there are lots of conditions which people call injustice which simply don’t qualify. I’m not tall enough, skilled enough, or young enough to be a pro basketball player. That may be regrettable, but it is not an injustice. Some people think the world owes them a living, and when the world doesn’t oblige, they see it as an injustice. Again, that may be regrettable, but it is not an injustice. We are all born into situations that keep us from achieving certain things – we may be too short, too weak, too ugly, too dumb, too awkward – the list of human shortcomings is endless. But that is not injustice – it’s universal. We all have an opportunity to make the best use of our talents, whatever they might be, but failure to do so is not injustice. We should reserve the word “injustice” for the real deal, not for our every petty grievance.

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