As we mourn the death of a great leader, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RGB), and advocate for human and environmental rights, we see how important “unreasonable people” are for change. Her passing leaves our nation vulnerable to the further erosion of women’s rights, human justice and environmental protections. So let’s step up- daily.
George Bernard Shaw wrote this, “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
One of the things we most admired about RGB was that she could look at all sides of a situation, very deeply. Even those opinions that she disagreed with she would still make an effort to understand the positions involved before making decisions. This is how an unreasonable person thinks.
Unreasonable people are so important for positive change. They don’t see the world in black or white, Left or Rights. Unreasonable people see in technicolor. Unreasonable people see the whole picture, develop holistic paths, and try to look at problems from all sides with empathy.
The best part of unreasonable people is they are unique.
Like snowflakes, but not flaky at all.
You may not understand their actions, you may not understand their life's paths. What you do know is that the world magically changes around unreasonable people. Now when you combine collaborative, honest, driven and unreasonable personalities you get “Game Changers” like RGB.
Today I was sitting down with a dear friend, and he said “Dre, you are not what people expect. I know you are driven because of all of the sports you do at a high level and the crazy adventures you have taken head on. You are fierce, but when I look at your bio and CV it screams scientist or technology developer, it does not reflect you. I see this complexity in Meg and Gordon too. It’s hard to nail down just what we are. Especially because we never stop asking questions, observing, and learning.
The real answer is how do you write down all the things that make up people like Meg, Gordon, and I? The truth is you can’t because we don’t fit into a typical mold. We have gone after life experiences with open arms and have embarrassed challenges as opportunity.
We are unreasonable people.
It takes unreasonable people like us to make positive change. To disrupt the norm. To ignite a Blue Tribe. To mentor others. To raise wise, brave, and independent children.
So be unreasonable with us. Be driven about the Blue, embrace new directions. Together our Blue Tribe will shake it up and build something new, beautiful, and blue. A Robust Blue Economy that will help support all of us with jobs, less pollution, less plastic, and better ocean economies!
This is what we do to honor our unreasonable ancestors like RGB. She helped lay the bricks, now lets build the Blue Empire.
Love and Hugs
Gordon, Dre, and Megan
Andrea Neal, PhD "Dr.Dre"