In George Orwell's political novel/allegory "Animal Farm," the animals in power make public statements about equality but reserve special treatment for themselves. The disconnect between their words and their actions gets summed up in the line "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
When it comes to our own ideas of what is fair, often we also have a disconnect between what we say and what we actually do.
We make sweeping statements about what we think is fair, and readily accept harsh results as equal - rationalizing it as "justice" or "getting what he deserved." But when we end up with a harsh result from what we think is fair, we readily make ourselves more equal - rationalizing it as an "accident" or "a momentary lapse."
It's easy to spot the disconnect in Orwell's story. In the Old Testament reading, God is calling us out - to spot the disconnect within ourselves.
More on this tomorrow.