Lady Justice, Politics, and Entrepreneurship

Lady Justice, Politics, and Entrepreneurship

In my early days before college, I was very interested in debate and critical thinking. This is probably why I was thinking of a legal career as a lawyer. The idealist thought of helping those less fortunate without bias fascinated me. This was on my mind as thoughts of the political and legal landscape today and its relations to entrepreneurs and startups.  Lady Justice represents this justice without bias. To get a basic understanding of Lady Justice, we look towards Wikipedia and the history. This is also a brief description of the symbolism of Lady Justice:

  • gender - Lady Justice was the goddess of Justice in Roman mythology, Iustitia. Iustitia became a symbol for the virtue of justice with which every emperor wished to associate his regime. Lady Justice is an allegorical personification of the moral force in judicial systems.
  • blindfold - Since the 16th century, Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents impartiality, the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power, or other status.
  • swordThe sword represented authority in ancient times, and conveys the idea that justice can be swift and final.
  • scale - Lady Justice is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from one hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case's support and opposition.

In legal training, you are taught critical thinking and debate. A professor once told a class I was in that "The best lawyers can argue both sides without bias and according to the rule of law." This is also a great foundation for entrepreneurs and founders who want to build a great culture without bias.

We are lucky in America that Lady Justice is blind. Otherwise, those that are black or white, Republican or Democrat, Male or Female, Catholic or Atheist, rich or poor would not get their fair stance in the eyes of the Law. Think about this as it may determine the fate of your business as an entrepreneur, founder and a businessperson. Especially in this business environment, where harassment, bias, and toxic cultures will no longer be tolerated. Do you support Law or Lawlessness?

The importance of Law to entrepreneurs and startups is of utmost importance.  Mergers, IPO, IP, contracts and much more are items all entrepreneurs of fast-growing companies will have to deal with. For society, a capitalistic system can not survive without Law and Order supported by an uncorrupt justice system. Even though the legal profession would give an environment for critical thinking and debate, I would never trade being an Entrepreneur for anything. Entrepreneurship is about making a difference in people's lives through economic actions and philanthropy.

Our call to action is twofold. FIRST, operate your business without bias and prejudice. Show that you value diversity and inclusion through your actions, hiring, giving, your words, and definitely your company culture. Work without the thought that your colleagues does not look like you, does not talk like you, and does not have the same opinions as you. SECONDLY, once you become successful as an Entrepreneur.  Give back to your community, to those less fortunate, and, finally and most importantly, give back to your country. Give back without bias and prejudice. We will leave you with a famous and relevant quote to this blog:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”  --John F. Kennedy--

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