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Jul. 15th, 2010

08:36 am - an example...

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To continue from yesterday's post, here is a small example of how to unburden the court system with unnecessary trials:

Many years ago, I was turning right from a parking lot onto the main highway. I hit a bicyclist who was approaching from my right (he was on the wrong side of the highway). I immediately got out of my car and asked him if he was all right. He said he was fine, but we were both really shook up with the realization of how bad it could have been. We examined his bike, and his front wheel was bent. I apologized profusely, mentally kicking myself for not being more aware. He said he thought I saw him. I said I looked, but didn't see him. I told him to walk the bike to the bike store down the street and I'd meet him there. I had the wheel replaced, and we exchanged phone numbers. I told him to call me if he had any further problems. He said, "Thanks, but don't worry, you won't be hearing from me again." And I didn't. This scenerio could have turned out much worse if each of us hadn't been following our consciences. We could have ended up in court, involving strangers in something that was easily resolved between us.

If EVERY child could be taught from the beginning to admit fault, apologize, and make amends, we would live in a very different world. This is one of the many important jobs of parents. Instead, many children witness their parents not taking responsibility for their actions and pointing the finger at someone else. Our court systems are full of these people, and down the road, their children.

Wouldn't it be nice if the courts could be used, instead, for things like changing unfair laws?


Date:July 16th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
My grandmother could have written this. You remind me of her in many ways. She was always looking after the greater good.
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Date:July 16th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm sure that's a huge compliment to be reminded of her.
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