Ginsburg Widened the Circle of Inclusion & Equality

We all mourn the passing of Ruth Ginsburg. She made a powerful POSITIVE impact on all of us. Although she is known for her work to help women’s rights, her work was about creating a more just and perfect union by expanding inclusion and equality. She was passionate about her causes but human enough to be good to all. I noted this when Justice Scalia passed, someone who had drastically different views than her, yet they still had a friendship (see Honoring Justice Scalia – Dare to Disagree).

Justice Ginsburg’s life is something we can all strive toward, that is to aim to help lift everyone up. The Washington posted this interesting article about her, Ginsburg’s vision led us to a better America. We can do the same. I am impressed that she was able to make such a large difference in her life without trying to legislate from the bench. She believed and demonstrated how she could help build a better system by working with the other parts of government. She read her dissent in the case of Lilly Ledbetter and then said now the ball is in your court congress. After, congress did take the ball and passed legislation to promote equal pay.

If you don’t know much about her, I recommend you watch both of the excellent movies recently released about her life, “On the Basis of Sex” and “RBG”. The NYTimes described those movies here, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Films About Her Life. Together these movies provide a good overview of her life, yet she did so much more. It appears you can Stream “RBG” on Hulu or Amazon Video and you can see “On the Basis of Sex”  on Amazon or Showtime (trailers for both below). I hope both will be made more widely available.

Although she was a small woman, she had a GIANT impact on all our lives. Each of us and our the world is better because of her work. She was a prime example of how to Practice Paneugenesis because she generated comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  #SelfishSelflessSynergy.

Please share how her good work benefitted you and how you will pay it forward.

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

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Honoring Justice Scalia – Dare to Disagree

While I personally agreed more with Justice Scalia’s ideological opposite, Justice Ginsburg, I have learned Justice Scalia had desirable characteristics. Justice’s Scalia and Ginsburg were as different in their opinions as was possible yet they maintained a close friendship. From this there is much to learn.

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To me this situation relates to what some consider Dr. Stephen Covey’s most significant work he described in his book, “The 3rd Alternative: Solving Life’s Most Difficult Problems“. What I understood this book to say was that we should always seek to find a better way by discovering the 3rd alternative. He suggested the better way was not found through compromise but innovation. In other words, he encouraged people not to accept to do things your way or my way, but a better way – the 3rd Alternative.

In related fashion, Margaret Heffernan provides wonderful examples of how and why seeking disagreeable or different points of view can yield better answers. I encourage you to learn the benefits she describes in her presentation, “Dare to Disagree”.

Interestingly and in a telling way, opposites seem to attract intelligence which can lead to better ways. The Practice of Paneugenesis is about daring to disagree with the status quo by discovering the 3rd alternative which are ways to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

I look forward to enjoying the benefits we generate for our world by daring to disagree with the status quo with selfish selfless synergy. We can develop ways to continually improve by creating and putting in place precursors that allow us to enable idealized outcomes that make this a more livable world for everyone and everything.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker, PhD