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Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Life is not fair

As I noted last week, I have spent a lot of extra time in the company of teenagers the last few weeks. All of them my journalism students, we’ve spent 20 of the last 21 days together – more time than I have spent with my own wife.

As a result, I’ve gotten to hear all kinds of commentary on the state of the world and their place in it. For instance, I have learned that there is a very heinous person named Jodi Arias who is the worst murderer in the history of the galaxy, second only to whoever else Nancy Grace hated last year.

I have also learned that many things that I thought I knew I did not know at all. Under the impression that my age and wisdom had taught me some things, I finally came to realize after sharing the company of nearly 20 different teenagers over 20 days that I am an idiot.

Did you know – I didn’t – that the tattoos most teenagers get are stupid and make no sense? Unless they are the tattoos the kids I was listening to want, in which case every last drop of ink injected into their dermis contains the wisdom of Solomon. Or a little known song from YouTube; I can’t remember which.

What I have mainly learned, however, is that life is not fair. Again, I had come to accept this in my life, and indeed I’m rather glad of it. Seriously: What if life was fair?

Fred: “Bill, did you hear Steve has nose cancer?”

Bill: “No! That’s terrible! Thank God life’s fair!”

For the complete article see the 05-08-2013 issue.

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