It seems a good thing to strive for, and is the bedrock of a functioning society, a legal system and a belief in taxation.
Fairness is about getting, when compared to others, what you deserve – whether in treatment, money, goods or opportunity. Acquiring wealth, goods or opportunity is a certain sort of treatment, a return for your labour, time and the quantifying of your worth. So is fairness all about your treatment at the hands of others? It’s a big subject, because fairness is intimately tied to fortune and misfortune – the basic rhythms of our lives – and to the relationships we have – with individuals, society and the state. Oh, and to our own acceptance of ourselves. Pretty much everything, really.