Reading through the obits/info about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away Saturday at 79, a couple of basic observations keep forming: First, nice guy. Interesting, although argumentative; obviously loved his family and friends; the type of guy you want on your side. Second, his originalist/textualist thinking was probably not what you want on the other side if you are saying, “Society changes and there are some things about it that might be different than they were 250 years ago; some things the Founding Fathers didn’t anticipate/didn’t experience.”
The best line of thought, though, was in The Washington Post. They noted that Scalia’s conservative opinions made progressives toughen up their own arguments; made them better/smarter/more persuasive. The paper quoted Proverbs 27:17, “ Iron sharpens iron.”
If you believe that life keeps sending you lessons until you get the lesson you’ll understand why I keep getting the message that there’s an opposite side to tough times. Obviously, it’s a lesson I need to learn.
If you’re trying to actually live life, with live being an active verb, there are going to be situations that aren’t blue birds and lemonade. The questions to keep holding in your mind are, “What can I learn from this? What do I want and how can I take these lessons and get closer to the life I want to live?”
Maybe we all need a Justice Scalia in our lives. Someone who, while they may not always be a smiling face, we can learn lessons from them. And, whether we like it or not, aren’t those the folks we appreciate all along the journey?
Thank you, Your Honor.