Fight For The Things You Care About, But Do It In A Way That Will Lead Others To Join You.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the all-time great American heroes. She championed civil liberties, the rights of all people, protected women’s rights and lived an exemplary lifestyle that shown far above and beyond any one of her individual accomplishments.
In choosing my quotation for today I read through several hundred of her noted quotations, a form of teleportation into another human being’s brain.
What I saw was a human being with guts. One who recognized that one person can make the difference. I saw a person who was unwilling to adapt to the mold that society had prescribed for her and instead, took the path less traveled.
She was a tour de force who was unwilling to acquiesce to petty behavior in favor of doing the right thing in all circumstances, personal and professional. And yet she never lost the ability to stay friends with the colleagues whose opinions she vehemently opposed.
She felt that “an unconscious bias is one of the hardest things to get at.” And she recognized that without her ability to write a compelling dissent, she would never be able to pave the road for the laws that she believed should be passed in the future.
Her untimely passing in this moment of national chaos will create more tumult than we can predict as the vicious fangs of power reveal themselves in all of their hideous ferocity.
My hopes and prayers are with her family as they unselfishly shared her with our nation to her dying day. And my prayers go to our country as the vacuum that she will leave in her wake can change the future for the entire world.