I have been called for jury duty on more than one occasion. The last time I was called, I arrived at the court house at the designated time and was directed into a courtroom filled with other potential jurors. Twenty of us at a time were called to the jury stand and screened for participation as jurors in a specific case. Finally my turn came.
The lawyers for the case in question explained to us that the case would involve testimony by a convicted felon. We were asked if we would have any difficulty believing the testimony presented by this felon. I was the seventh person to answer this question. Those who answered before me averred that they would believe this felon’s testimony without question. I answered that it would be difficult for me to believe the testimony of a felon. The remaining 12 potential jurors then stated, one after the other, that they too would have difficulty believing the testimony.
This experience reinforced that one should be true to one’s beliefs and positions. It also demonstrated that once stated, others likely will embrace our belief and position on a given matter.