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Build Your Tribe
Much has already been said about the life of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but I don’t think it has captured the true importance of the man. Scalia was much more than just another conservative vote on the Court. In a way, he was American democracy’s sole boast in this degenerate age. Here are a few short lessons that each of us can learn from his life.
Don’t compromise your principles
If there is one thing that characterizes the modern day “conservative” movement, it is a willingness to capitulate and compromise in return for a modicum of popularity. You can see this in GOP political candidates and pundits who strive so hard to offend no one that they come off as being utterly boring.
But capitulating does not endear these politicians to anyone. Their enemies view them as beneath contempt.
Scalia never compromised. Even though he moved in the most powerful elite circles where abortion and same-sex marriage advocacy is assumed, Scalia boldly and unapologetically held to his traditional views.
Yes, Scalia was hated. After his death, thousands of people expressed their joy at his death. But he was also greatly loved—something that the capitulators never achieve. And even his greatest enemies respected him.
In this life it is better to be loved and hated by many than to pass through this world without leaving any mark.
Commit to Excellence
It was not just Scalia’s unwillingness to compromise that won him acclaim. He combined it with excellence.
In law school I read scores of Supreme Court opinions. Whenever a Scalia written opinion was available, I always read that one first, even if it was a dissenting opinion. This is because Scalia’s opinions always do a better job at legal reasoning than those of his opponents.
Many of the most important Supreme Court cases of the modern era do not rely on law. Rather, those opinions amount to the majority trying to justify their own views using statistics, anecdotes, or by alluding to unwritten principles. Scalia, on the contrary, always hewed closely to the Constitution as written, not some ever-changing document that seems to live only in the imaginations of the other justices.
While liberals did not like the outcomes of Scalia’s reasoning, they could not assail that reasoning. Thus, even his enemies were forced to admit that he was an intellectual heavyweight. Liberals for years wished for a “liberal Scalia.”
If we are going leave a mark in this world, it is not sufficient just to hold bold views. Like Scalia, we have to live our lives with a dedication to excellence.
Lead a full life
Scalia was a one-man army against the onslaught of degeneracy in the US. Given his role, one would think that he was a dour, moralistic character. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Scalia was first and foremost a family man. He was married to the same woman for 56 years. He fathered nine children, and he was grandfather to 36. One of his sons became a Catholic priest. This alone is a tremendous legacy that any man would be proud of.
But he also enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an avid hunter—his death took place at a ranch where he was on a hunting vacation. Justice Scalia was a fan of the opera, and a world traveller.
He also got along well with people who were diametrically opposed to his opinions. His friendship with ultra liberal Justice Ginsburg is well known, and he taught Justice Kagan how to shoot.
Far from being a narrow individual, Scalia’s opinions reveal a man who had read broadly in law, literature, philosophy, theology, and science.
With the state of the world, it is easy to focus solely on battling the bad. It is good to do what you can to stop the decay and it is good to be prepared for the coming chaos, but don’t forget to enjoy life in the present. Make the most of the simple pleasures of life: a good woman, your children, good friends, good food, fun diversions, and interesting books. [Read more…] about Lessons From The Life of Antonin Scalia
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The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. – Socrates
We are all creatures of habit. It allows us to function effectively without expending lots of energy. We can go through large portions of our day on autopilot. This frees up our mind to focus on more complex tasks.
The downside of having the ability to do things on autopilot is that it can also keep us doing things that actually hurt us. It can keep us in a romantic relationship that is comfortable, but not going anywhere. It can prevent us from losing weight or even put us on the road to continuous, gradual weight gain. In other words, doing things on autopilot can put us into a rut.
What are some ruts that you might find yourself in?
- A romantic relationship that is not going anywhere.
- Chemical dependence.
- Waking up late.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Spending too much time playing games or other time-killing activities.
Once you are in a rut, it is easy to continue in the rut, but it takes an enormous amount of energy to get out of the rut. There are some people who waste their entire lives in a rut. They never achieve escape velocity.
And there is more bad news. If you are not constantly vigilant, it is easy to fall back into the same old habits.
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