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Toward a More Perfect Union

Published on 9/30/2017
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Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

What I learned from doing my civic duty:

 

Yesterday, I served on a one - day trial and it was a very interesting experience and convinced me even further of how important it is that people learn to be independent thinkers.

 

I saw first hand the “follower” or herd complex and I saw people looking for a leader and looking for someone to convince them of what to think. I had strong opinions but I wasn’t going to beg people to see the possibilities.

The laws are written mostly in black and white and it's up to a jury to flesh out the details, the grey, the muck, the questionable and the murky areas. There were so many people who were quick to assign a "bad guy" and "good guy."  Instead of seeing all of the people as they are, complicated. The defendant, the cop, the lawyers, the witnesses and even Mother Justice, herself.

 

People were clearly wanting to go home, to go to dinner, to see their kids and to just basically leave, even if it meant eschewing due diligence in the process, even when someone’s future was at stake. The charges against the defendant were serious, criminal  and will affect this man’s future but I’m not sure that many of my comrades cared. I think they were more interested in getting through their day and getting out of the trial.

 

I don’t think many of them could feel compassion or empathy. All of these things left me feeling empty, dismayed and concerned about the State of the Union.

 

I will admit that we as Americans cannot complain about processes if we are unwilling to do the work that makes our world better. If for some reason we found ourselves on the wrong side of the courtroom, we would all want and expect a jury that will give us the time, patience and care needed to find a just conclusion.

 

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