â€œIf you donâ€™t participate, you will not get the packet of sweets.â€ How cruel. â€œItâ€™s alright. Since youâ€™re injured just do your part. Go on thenâ€. Ever since Iâ€™ve gotten injured Iâ€™m unable to participate in the same activities as the rest. Alright, Iâ€™ll just do my part and whatever I can.
After the activity, the kids all went lining up to collect their packet of sweets. I too went queuing up for my share, so I thought. When it came to my turn the respond that I get is, â€œSorry, you didnâ€™t participate so no sweets for you.â€ â€œBut I am unable to participate! Iâ€™m injured and Iâ€™ve done the best I can in whatever Iâ€™m supposedâ€¦â€ â€œSorry darling. Youâ€™re not a participant so no sweets for you.â€ How cruel. The logic is simple, so they say. Participation equates to packet of sweets. No participation no sweets. Simple? What about â€œcanâ€™tâ€ participate? No, no no. â€œCanâ€™tâ€ is a subset of â€œNoâ€, so they say. Fairness is the main reason behind it. If I get my packet of sweets, it isnâ€™t fair to the rest of the people who participated.
I looked across the compound to the other side where most of the kids are somewhat like me, injured in their own ways. They did what I had done. Playing their own part and participating in activities that are suited for them. They get their sweets, why donâ€™t I? Fairness? Right, it isnâ€™t fair indeed.