Published: 9/24/2020 8:39:48 AM Ruth Bader Ginsburg often quoted Justice Louis Brandeis’s famous line: “The greatest menace to free...
Published: 9/24/2020 8:39:48 AM
Ruth Bader Ginsburg often quoted Justice Louis Brandeis’s famous line: “The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people,” and she advised people “to fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” Setting an example for how to advance the principle of equality, she told the directors of the documentary “RBG” that she wanted to be remembered “Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren.”
Inert she was not. Limited talent she had not. We all knew that sooner than later she would die. That said, many of us wanted her to “hang on” until we had a real president. Anyone who would replace the soulless narcissist who now defiles the Oval Office by scribbling his unreadable signature on one egregious executive order after another.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a person with the kind of personal attributes that I wish for of us all in a better world. Quite aside from her enormous contributions as a humane Supreme Court justice, she was a real person. She was not a political acolyte appointed to advance authoritarian assignments. She had a personal life outside of, and beyond the court.
I love the fact that she was a devotee of the opera. Opera is in many ways a larger-than-life art form, blending music, language and visual design into transcendent audience experiences. I like to think that RBG was able to comprehend the vicissitudes of her larger than personal and professional life in the context of how Wagner, Puccini, Britten, Adams and Glass brought life to the stage in larger than real life terms. Life imitating art.