I believe in fairness. Real fairness – not the bullshit version people tell themselves is fairness, like, “I should get my pizza for free because you were eight minutes late. That’s only fair.” I mean fairness to one another, and even to people you don’t know, like or otherwise care about. Well, if that guy who was eight minutes late with your pizza has to pay for it out of his own pocket, not your problem. He was late. Why should you give a shit? No reason, actually. Because, as you know, you’ll NEVER need the kindness or fairness of others in your life, ever. So, you’re good to go. Fuck em.
Okay, for the rest of us, fairness is an important part of everyday life, around others. We’re a tribe. A wandering herd who’ve found a green field with plenty of grass. We have to look each other in the eye when we graze, so we take our fair share, and accept that the rest of the tribe has to eat as well. Everyone gets along. That’s in our DNA from the time we weren’t so upright, and roamed the African plane. The same goes today, or should, at least. To demand everything in your life be free, but expecting to be paid for your work is hypocrisy, and unfair. We all take advantage now and again. That’s being human. But, it’s never too late to make amends later. To support a software product you used to pirate a free version of – buy the next version. Buy that movie from iTunes you grabbed from a torrent site. Throw a few dollars down for a website you really like. Just because the world has gone open-source doesn’t mean the person who worked the lighting crew on that movie doesn’t have rent to pay, just like you do.
I’m not bitching – I’m writing about myself. I’m guilty of the things I just wrote. But, it’s not too late for me to change. I bought MadMen on iTunes, and I’ll buy the season’s pass for Breaking Bad, the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I pay for NetFlix too. I’m also buying the Adobe software products through the creative cloud starting next month, and ditching my pirated version. It’s important to support products, services, websites and people you like. If the day comes when you loose something you value from lack of support, you likely won’t care. You should, but no one can twist your arm.
“Someone else will pay for it – so, I don’t have to worry about it.” <- nope, that’s not how it works. We all support each other a little. That’s called a community. It’s fair. It takes guts to be giving. Some people take pride in what they can take from someone else, and how much they can get on top of it for themselves. Can’t talk sense into them. The rest of us just need to keep on, keeping on.
Speaking of fair, here’s some free pics of a hot young Russian, Katrina. Like her profile, if you like her pics. Hey …that’s only fair.