Brené Brown said, “We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”

That should make us all think. The late notorious RBG dedicated her life to equality for all of us. I admired her greatly – a fierce, unwavering stand for and voice for all of humanity. Even in the face of cancer, she never backed down. 

If we take the time to digest and unpack what Brené said and think about RBG, we may find our way to a new normal, a normal where we discover that we are all connected. We all share this planet, in its current fragile state. What you and I do does affect each other, even if we are unaware of it. I realize that this may be challenging for us to think about. However, I think it is worth really pondering, inquiring into for all of us.

I wonder what someone like Ruth Bader Ginsburg saw that we miss. I think it may be in the area of connection. 

In my personal view while in my inquiry, it seems to me that rights are not like a chocolate bar. If you get part of my chocolate bar, I get less. Thus, in that scenario, our shared connection results in a win/lose or lack/abundance paradigm. No one wants to lose something they think is theirs or get less, so we fight for what we think we should have. I don’t think that is the way it works.

If you and I and all of us are connected, and we all have equal rights, equal access to everything, then there is no win/lose scenario. If you have rights and I have rights, I don’t lose anything and neither do you. We may take different actions in our lives, but a lack of rights for either of us did not stand in our way. I don’t resent you and you don’t resent me; we just take different actions and maybe different paths.

If you know me, if you read my writing, you know I want women to have equal rights: equal pay, equal influence. However, I don’t want them at the cost of someone else. That would not be equal; that would be win/lose and that does not work. We are connected. Let’s give each other equal rights in everything. What a world we could create if we just did that….

What do you think when you unpack what Brené said?