MEMORABLE JURY DUTY

For the first time last week I was chosen and served on a 6 person jury for a civil case.

It reminded me how important it is to have principles to use to make decisions, because we ended-up convicting the defendant.

BUILDING DECISIONS ON SAND

Some of the jurors were making decisions based on emotion and some on values. Those making emotional decisions couldn’t explain ‘WHY’. Those making values-based decisions were at odds with those with different values (values change over time as do the definitions).

BUILDING DECISIONS ON ROCK

Principles are truths. They don’t change. Some say ‘that’s your truth’ or that truth is relative. My reaction? Is there ‘your gravity and my gravity’? No, there’s just gravity. It’s a truth. Truths hold our world together. They don’t change. You might think principles divide people, but in my experience, it’s the opposite. Your decisions either help you to be a principled person or hinder you. Principles increase your decision speed, consistency, and you can explain ‘why’.

Principles

– Respect for the Person

– Do What’s in the Common Good

– Subsidiarity (Everyone has a role to play and responsibilities and decisions to make in their role)

– Solidarity (think about the ripple effect of your decisions before making them)      

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