In an episode of Louis C.K’s hit TV show “Louie”, Louis who is normally known for his wit, provides his daughter with invaluable insight about fairness and equality.
We all want life to be fair. The older you get, the more you realize this just isn’t possible. We want to have as much as everyone else. Your neighbor just bought a BMW, making you look differently at the perfectly fine Hyundai Sonata you just purchased. Your friends are going on an epic month long trip to Asia, you are going to Florida for a week. Appreciate what you have.
It’s important to realize for ourselves and to teach children that life isn’t always fair, some people come out on top while some people are less fortunate. I’m not talking cars or trips, I’m talking food and shelter. We all must make sure that ‘our neighbors bowl has enough’.
Louie puts it best….
Daughter (I presume): Why does she get one, and not me?
Louis: You’re never gonna get the same things as other people. It’s never going to be equal. It’s not gonna happen ever in your life so, you must learn that now, okay?
Louis: Listen. The only time you should look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have… as much as them.