Ruth Bader Ginsburg
It’s been a roller coaster of emotions with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We grieve, of course, that our country and the world has lost a beacon that guided us towards a more just society. Justice Ginsburg forged onwards towards that seemingly elusive goal of equal rights and a more perfect union through five bouts with cancer because she knew that to leave the court would mean surrendering to those who still try to roll back decades of progress.
There was anger that there were those who seemed to revel in her passing and, in little more than an hour after her death, declared that her vacancy would be acted upon as quickly as possible.
It would be easy to feel despair, to say that 2020 has been a traumatic year would be an understatement, but it is also an opportunity to model the qualities that Ruth Bader Ginsburg exemplified her entire life. She was someone who fought for justice and determined that our best endeavor should be one that contributes to making our community a better place. Imagine what could be accomplished if that was the shared mindset throughout neighborhoods, towns, and beyond.
I’ve always found that working towards positive outcomes helps to diminish anxiety and despair. Let’s strive, in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's honor, to be better citizens, to be inclusive, to reject bias and discrimination, and to call them out when we see them.
Let’s continue on that path towards a more perfect union, and let’s choose our elected officials with an eye toward these ideals. And finally, let’s not forget gratitude - Justice Ginsburg carried a heavy burden for all of us, and we will be forever in her debt.
If you're interested in the debt we all owe RBG this is the best review of her life and fight for our rights I've read so far.