I went to a Farmer's Market the other day. Yum. Bananas were 5/$1.00. I picked up two hands of them, which just happened to total eight bananas. Secure in my knowledge of Higher Math, I handed them the the approx. 17-year-old boy behind the counter and said "Eight bananas. $1.60, right?" He looked at me as if I was from Mars (PA) and carried the bananas over to his mother. After a whispered conversation, he came back, put the eight bananas on the counter and said staunchly "Bananas are 5 for a dollar." I sorted out five bananas, put three back, handed the poor kid a dollar, and hit the road. And then, a bit later, I put my knowledge of Higher Math to work. I don't know what it is. Maybe bananas just make me philosophical. By literally not being able to compute that 5 bananas for $1.00 is the same a $0.20 per banana, so eight bananas should cost $1.60, that woman's business suffered a $0.60 loss on the sale they should have made. They made a dollar instead of a dollar-sixty. They also got stuck with $0.60 worth of bananas that may go bad before being sold. Especially if they insist on selling them only five at a time. In the course of their business day, if they made ten $0.60 no-sales, they lost $6.00. If they did that every day for a year, their business would fail to make $2,190.00 in sales. And that's just with the bananas. Add the same kind of ignorance to their sale of potatoes, corn, onions, and twenty-eleven other farm products that they bought wholesale to sell retail, and their business could be doing $12,000.00 a year instead of $80,000.00 a year. And that's a good way to go out of business entirely, or (worse yet) get stuck barely making a profit for decades--which entails the loss of a large part of a persons (or a whole family's ) best earning years. So where does Justice come in with all this? Simple. When a person jumps off a cliff, gravity is Nature's way of giving them justice. Nature's justice is often cold, hard, cruel, and utterly inescapable. And ignorance, too, carries it's own built-in natural Justice, with a capital J. Others--less ignorant--will prosper while that family does not. Others will be far more wealthy in ten years than they. Others will have more opportunities, and reap more rewards than they. And so it goes. There is no escape. The antidote to Nature's inevitable penalty for ignorance is to get educated (at least a little!) and above all, to make sure your children don't grow up ignorant. I'm sure we've all met people in grocery stores and fast-food joints that literally can't make change without using a cash register to do their thinking for them. (I've even met one Customer Assistance Technician that didn't know what a 50-cent coin was.) Those people will not be our brain surgeons and rocket scientists in ten years. Some will still be saying "D'yuh want fries widdat?" and others will still be calling the Manager over to find out what a $2.00 bill is. And that's great. That's actually wonderful! It means that none of those mouth-breathers will ever be competing for good jobs with my grand-children and great-grand-children. (And great-greats!) Just like Nature has a penalty for ignorance, Nature has a reward for education. And, both ways, I'd say they're Just.