This morning, the world became less hopeful with the tragic passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
It’s often easy for us, here in Australia and on the Sunshine Coast to say “who cares, it’s America” and they’re comments i often see posted when American news is shared – but the reality is we are one global community.
Progress that has been made in the last 25 years for us in Australia on topics such as women’s health, sexual equality, gay rights and civil rights in general were largely because of this woman. Remember, it was only after the United States Supreme Court ruled on Obergefell v. Hodges, that gay marriage was legalised there – and as a nation we followed soon after.
If you get a chance, read Justice Ginsberg’s Opinion on that case. In fact read any of her opinions.
Today the world lost a warrior, women lost their loudest and leading voice on equality (watch the movie RBG if you haven’t seen it), BLM lost their strongest ally on the Supreme Court (Ginsberg was a stronger ally than Clarence Thomas, an African-American Associate Justice.)
Democracy potentially took a hit today. As goes America, the rest of the world seems to follow. It was only after Trump rose to power that ultra-conservatism and nationalism swept the world and we saw other countries following suit… the UK, Brazil .. and even here at home, Pauline Hanson started gaining popularity again…
Because Trump’s election gave permission for the worst elements of society; the racists, the homophobes, neo-nazis, violent police officers, misogynists and the cruel, to come out of the woodwork. If ever there was a time when we need to look at the world, and ask ourselves how we can make the world a better place – it is now, and remember that Justice Ginsberg once said: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.”
With Ginsberg’s death we are about to see a shit-show occur in America. I’m willing to bet right here and now, Trump and McConnell are about to try and slam through the most misogynistic, gay-hating, racist they can find before the November election, or even before January 20th in the event Trump loses.
Why am I sharing this here?
Because real change happens one step at a time. Cruelty and hatred is a likely side-effect with RBG no longer on the court, but here at home, we can still change the world and our community with kindness.
Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Spend today being kind to everyone.