The Virtue of the Week: Fairness

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Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Fairness is treating each other even handedly so that each person receives a share. With fairness, we meet everyone’s needs. We listen to the views of others with openness, and expect to be heard with equal respect. We don’t focus on who is right but on what is right for all concerned. Without bias, favoritism or prejudice, we level the playing field. We are as protective of the rights of others as we are of our own. We seek not to overpower but to empower. We are lovers of justice.

Quote: “Hear one side and you will be in the dark; hear both sides and all will be clear.” – Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The Practice of Fairness

I treat others justly.

I hear other points of view with openness.

I expect respect for my perspective.

I care more about doing right than being right.

I believe in fair play.

I have a win/win attitude.


I am thankful for the gift of Fairness

It is our common ground.

Questions for Discussion

  • Are there any needs we are not meeting in our community? What are they and how can we meet them?
  • How can we level the playing field in our social justice work?
  • How can being lovers of justice support our social justice work?
  • How can we step into our social justice work with fairness in mind?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit