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Short Inquisitions #1: Death and Fairness

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Short inquisitions is a series of blog posts where I spew out my questions and thoughts, hoping to retain an ever-curious soul.

Today, one of my teachers told our class that they were going to take a leave of absence starting next Monday. For reference, today is Thursday. They didn't tell us exactly what for, but we already had a guess.

Last year, they took a couple of absences because their husband was diagnosed with cancer. So, it's not that hard to figure out that things probably are getting worse. Of course, I sincerely hope I am wrong, but often, what we want and what we get don't align.

I have an issue with this news for two reasons, both relating to the unfairness of the situation. 1. They are an amazing teacher and are very kind. I would extrapolate that their husband is also an amazing person. Amazing people do not deserve to be unhappy. 2. Hard work cannot change the result.

The combination of the situation being unjust and immutable gives me a feeling of desolation. Why is the world so unfair and why does effort fail to change anything? I doubt anyone can answer these questions, so they'll stay functionally rhetorical.

To the teacher I'm talking about, if you ever read this: I am so sorry, for what it's worth, about what you and your family are going through. I hope everything goes well, and in the event it doesn't, that you have the strength to continue to live a happy and meaningful life.

To the mysterious being that controls this universe, if you even exist: why do you cause pain and suffering?

Michel Liao

Michel Liao

Boise, Idaho, United States
Hello! I'm a sophomore studying computer science at Princeton. I like reading, rock climbing, and running.