“Perhaps fairness abounds. When people complain of their lot, their sneering enemies gloat and tell them, to make them afraid, “life’s not fair.” But then again, taking the long view, and barring flood, fire, brain damage, the usual run of bad luck, people do get what they want in life. There is a hidden principle of equity in operation. The frightening thing is that life is fair; but what we need, as someone has already observed, is not justice but mercy.”*

Hilary Mantel. Fludd, p.72.