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Jury Duty And The Circle

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Last month I had jury duty for the first time. It was an extraordinary experience that gives me hope for the future that all people can join together in agreement. We were twelve randomly picked strangers that came together to make a decision. During the trial we were not to speak of the proceedings that was on our minds, so there was little else to talk about. We did not trade personal stories or chitchat. Social was not our purpose for being there, rather it was to find fairness in a conflicted situation.

On the fourth day we were given instructions to come up with a judgement and could not leave the room without agreement. A first straw poll showed ten agreed and two did not. It took about seven hours before the two differing views came to see a larger context allowing them to change perspective without making personal concessions. We all walked out of the jury room feeling we had all made the right decision. Then parted probably never again to see each other.

In that jury room was the influencing present of truth, the beauty of human struggling for goodness in a relative factual situation. Millions of years of evolving civilization and each culture and individual have had to come to some understanding about these concepts that have so much to do with the choices and decisions we make.

We looked for truth in the facts we were given. Only within an enlarged perspective were we able to find meaning that allowed each of us to get beyond our personal interpretations and bias positions. All had to participate, expressing how each felt, so we could identify the social judgement we were assigned to make. That larger context towards greater value revealed what was fair, moral, and ethically right. The appropriate decision was reached by all participants for the millions we represented.

There was beauty in finding the harmony and balance, the rhythms and proportions of human interactions by acknowledging the greater context that embraced individual conflict. Beauty was not apart from the truth giving meaning to the facts. By enlarging our perspective conflicting parts become co-ordinates revealing a perspective necessary to discovery agreement.

Goodness is a term associated with volitional action suggesting personality of will; a consciousness of well-being towards others. In society it is ethics; individually it is moral direction towards appropriate action. Not only was there good in identifying the beauty in truth that underlies conflict, but in so doing we felt that we did the right thing in finding fairness in what had been given us to judge.

There was a joining of moral responsibility and social ethics through the triunity of truth, beauty and goodness, serving as unspoken yet practical guiding for what needed to be done. These Divine values are infinitely reflected in so many ways to move our lives towards something of a finer nature than what we are used to.

Compressing the sphere to a circle disc reveals a triune surface showing the triangulated nature of pattern, principle to all movement. The first fold of the circle, a 1:2 ratio, shows balance in the dual nature of forming the tetrahedron. Two more folds proportionally generate three equally spaced diameters increasing triangular relationships that branch out from there. Truth, beauty and goodness are self-evident qualities in the folded circle/sphere unity as principle root for all subsequent folding. There is greater meaning and purpose when thinking of unity as boundless potential rather than the restrictions of a defined circle unit. I could not help but to think how these qualities are abundant in our lives even when not noticed and over shadowed by conflict of one unit against another. The only resolve is to up-step the context towards unity. The circle functions as both part (simple to do) and Whole (difficult to recognize.)

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