Fairness WhatsApp Chats

March 10, 2021

So how do we, as conversationalists and friends, understand and describe fairness?

I started with a simple question, ‘how do you describe fairness?’ I sent this in a personal message to many of my current WhatsApp chats – a personal participant pool of sorts – wanting to see what came up when different people thought about fairness. A culturally-diverse lot, might I add. The idea was to gain appreciation of how non-specialists look at fairness as a concept. What are the shared themes? Where do people differ? In an informal analysis of twenty chats with friends, a few recurring themes emerged, touched upon by nearly everybody as requisite descriptors of fairness: unbiased, subjective, sensitive.