DP: Plead the Fifth – WHY? The answer is blowing in the wind.

What question do you hate to be asked? Why? 
Really?  What kind of question is that? Plead the Fifth?  Plead what? Plead the Fifth Amendment?  Is that what you mean? 
Plead the Fifth Amendment?  No way, I refuse to answer for this might incriminate me.  In Canada, we call it Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Self-Incrimination.  This is my answer. 
“Do you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God.”  And then I swore on the Bible.  This was my experience as part of a Jury for 10 days.  A priest once told me when he is called on to swear on the Bible he refuses because he has already taken the Oath when he decided to serve God and mankind.  Of course, I forgot about this when I was asked.  I placed my hand on the Bible, and I said:“I swear.” 
It was quite an experience and an honour to serve Canada being selected as a Jury.  It made me think that the future of this man lies on my hand should I decided against the other jurors.  I was Number 8.  Mind you, we were given a manual on pointers on how to become a jury and how to make a decision based on just law.  No bias, no discrimination.  The jurors came from all walks of life.  One juror, in my opinion, was very fashionable.  She made sure that she is well dressed for the public and for the Judge.  This is not a criticism.  It’s important that we are dressed properly.  But once we deliberate behind closed doors, we have to divest ourselves.  Not our clothing, but our just minds.  We have to have an open mind without the probability of a doubt. 
We did reach a verdict.  NOT GUILTY.  Whew.  I was glad we came to a conclusion.  What was the case, you asked?  Joe vs. the People.  Joe was accused of killing his brother.  Just like in the Bible, Cane killed Abel.  But Cane was guilty; Joe was not. 
Back to swearing on the Bible to tell the whole truth; when I was a child, my Mother always reminded me to tell the truth.  That is so plain and simple.  Should you ask me WHY, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind.  (click to play the song) 
Tell the truth, try, you might like it. 
One Minute Meditation:
“Why is everyone here so happy except me?” “Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere,” said the Master. “Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere?” “Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.” || Anthony de Mello, SJ
 

8 thoughts on “DP: Plead the Fifth – WHY? The answer is blowing in the wind.

  1. I’ve always felt that swearing on the Bible for a new president or any elected official was out of balance somehow. To remain true to separation of church as state and to respect other religions in the multicultural USA, one should swear in on a copy of the US Constitution for that is the charge one is to uphold, not the Bible.

    • Mr. Carl, I am honoured to have you on my site, my esteemed WP. You are absolute right! And you are not even a priest. Thank you so much for your comment. It makes so much sense. _/\_

  2. I’ve always wanted to be Juror. Haven’t been selected for Jury Duty as of yet. I wonder if there is a way to sign up/volunteer… But what a huge responsibility! My Mom works for a Circuit Court actually and helps select Jurors you know what I’ll just ask her about it (not sure why I haven’t already? lol)…The link to Bob Dylan no longer works unfortunately. But easy for me to find on youtube. i LOVE the one minute meditation. Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Fleen, I don’t know how the USofA works when it becomes to be selected. In Canada, when we file our tax returns, we indicate whether we want our name to be part of the system. And I say yes since its my duty and a privilege. I’ll check the link. Thank you for reading the ancient history.

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