Ben Brooks on Compassionate Tools

August 20, 2014

Ben is a nerd, so naturally he took his discussion on compassion versus fairness in a software-based direction. Midway through the article though, he talks about paying taxes:

We should strive not to be fair on a whole, but to achieve fairness with each person. If paying taxes means you will go homeless, there should in fact be compassion there to analyze the situation and make a decision on a person-by-person basis. Fairness be damned.

This is a pretty damn good point that I wonder if we’ve ever considered as a society.

Fairness could be equated to arbitrariness, compassion to opinionatedness. I’m with Ben here; give me the latter any day.