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  1. Oscar Wilde's quote
  2. Martin Luther King's letter

Oscar Wilde once wrote "Life is never fair And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not." With this quote, Wilde meant to suggest that a life that is "fair" may become too boring, predictable, and simply bland. Often, the unfairness in life is what makes our blood boil, it makes us excited, it makes us passionate, and it often brings out our best. In the case of Martin Luther King, who wrote "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", it was the unfairness of segregation that allowed King to express his views and bring out his best.

[...] In the letter, he writes ?Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. The yearning for freedom eventually manifests itself, and that is what has happened to the American Negro? (King, 3). King writes this because he realizes that oppression of his race, and he believes that change must come to end the oppression and unfairness. It is this unfair policy and social movement that allowed King to become a great man, it allowed his followers to do good for society, and it certainly brought interest to life while bringing up a variety of social and philosophical issues. [...]


[...] Wilde himself was a homosexual, and he lived during a time when such practices were punished. He certainly would agree with the idea that ?life is not but it is exactly his unfair life and strange circumstances that made him interesting as a writer, and which makes us remember him to this day. Wilde was us to realize that ?unfairness? is something that will always exist in human society, and those people who are able and willing will step up and make the changes necessary to address the unfairness, becoming great people in the process. [...]

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