A brolly unjust world

John Edwards writes.

In his April letter on fame (‘Fame – who’s gonna live for ever’) Adrian Furnham is quite right in pointing out that the rain falls upon everyone, without regard to probity. The point was made in Matthew 5:45, as well as by one or two of Shakespeare’s fools – and was given well-known expression in Portia’s famous speech. For a more rounded sense of the ‘Just World’ phenomenon, we might also recall the verse attributed to Lord Bowen and later cited (a little altered) by George Orwell:
 
The rain it raineth every day
Upon the just and unjust feller,
But more upon the just because
The unjust has the just’s umbrella.
 
John Edwards FBPsS
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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