Court of public opinion: (n) the beliefs and judgment of most people
I have never met “most people.”
They normally come as individuals who begin to cling together over some belief or even prejudice, simply because they have been taught since their youth that there is strength in numbers. (Once again, I don’t know if even that is true.)
After all, there have been some awfully “populated” ideas over the centuries of mankind which dissipated when exposed for their greed or stupidity.
So when it comes to the court of public opinion, there is actually a wide range of assertions within that single courtroom.
What I have learned is that there are three things that will never be illegal, can’t imagine them being improper, and generally speaking, gain favor when the public opinion decides to hold court.
1. “I’m sorry.”
Even though we tout the power of arrogance, we simultaneously despise it.
Even though we want people to espouse their confidence, our skin crawls a bit if humility doesn’t show up immediately.
You will certainly be convicted in the court of public opinion if you are unable to say, “I’m sorry.”
2. “I have faults.”
There is only one entity we believe to be sinless, and quite honestly, He, being God, gets an awful lot of questioning of His comings and goings.
I don’t think any of us are looking for our leaders, friends, spouses or children to be without mistakes or error-free. We just appreciate it when folks know they are capable of a stumble before we come along, have to pick them up and listen to all their excuses.
3. “It’s none of my goddamn business.”
You certainly have a better chance of being acquitted in the court of public opinion if you aren’t prosecuting too many cases against other folk.
If it’s not involving your money, your time, your soul or your body, stay the hell out of it. Then you won’t have to face the revenge of disgruntled people who were accused by your court and ended up walking out the doors smelling like a rose.
Yes, if you want to get a good verdict in the court of public opinion, you might want to remember these three things.
Or be prepared to spend some time imprisoned by your own ignorance.