Sunday, October 28, 2018


La práctica de la democracia no se transmite con el acervo genético.Debe ser aprendida y enseñada de nuevo por cada generación de ciudadanos. 

(Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, primer mujer juez en el Tribunal Supremo de Estados Unidos)

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has often quoted John Wesley, whose words aptly summarize her life.

“Do all the good you can,
by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
in all the places you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as ever you can

― John Wesley

Read former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's letter on dementia diagnosis

Jessica Estepa USA TODAY

Published 2:01 PM EDT Oct 23, 2018 

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced Tuesday she is in the early stages of what is likely Alzheimer's disease and is retiring from public life.

O'Connor, 88, released a public letter about her diagnosis.

Read the full statement below.

Friends and fellow Americans,

I want to share some personal news with you.

Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer’s disease. As this condition has progressed, I am no longer able to participate in public life. Since many people have asked about my current status and activities, I want to be open about these changes, and while I am still able, share some personal thoughts.

Not long after I retired from the Supreme Court twelve years ago, I made a commitment to myself, my family, and my country that I would use whatever years I had left to advance civic learning and engagement.

I feel so strongly about the topic because I’ve seen first-hand how vital it is for all citizens to understand our Constitution and unique system of government, and participate actively in their communities. It is through this shared understanding of who we are that we can follow the approaches that have served us best over time – working collaboratively together in communities and in government to solve problems, putting country and the common good above party and self-interest, and holding our key governmental institutions accountable.

Eight years ago, I started iCivics for just this purpose – to teach the core principles of civics to middle and high school students with free online interactive games and curriculum that make learning relevant and remarkably effective. Today, iCivics ( reaches half the youth in our country. We must reach all our youth, and we need to find ways to get people – young and old – more involved in their communities and in their government. As my three sons are tired of hearing me say, “It’s not enough to understand, you’ve got to do something.” There is no more important work than deepening young people’s engagement in our nation.

I can no longer help lead this cause, due to my physical condition. It is time for new leaders to make civic learning and civic engagement a reality for all. It is my great hope that our nation will commit to educating our youth about civics, and to helping young people understand their crucial role as informed, active citizens in our nation. To achieve this, I hope that private citizens, counties, states, and the federal government will work together to create and fund a nationwide civics education initiative. Many wonderful people already are working towards this goal, but they need real help and public commitment. I look forward to watching from the sidelines as others continue the hard work ahead.

I will continue living in Phoenix, Arizona, surrounded by dear friends and family. While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life. How fortunate I feel to be an American and to have been presented with the remarkable opportunities available to the citizens of our country. As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
I hope that I have inspired young people about civic engagement and helped pave the pathway for women who may have faced obstacles pursuing their careers. My greatest thanks to our nation, to my family, to my former colleagues, and to all the wonderful people I have had the opportunity to engage with over the years.

God bless you all.

More: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announces dementia diagnosis

Published 2:01 PM EDT Oct 23, 2018 

Según icivics solo el 26 por ciento de los norteamericanos pueden enumerar las tres ramas del gobierno 

Otras organizaciones vinculadas al trabajo de O'Connor

La cita de Wesley puede y debe leerse también enfatizando el valor adverbial de la conducta como realización, al margen de los resultados."Do good" antes de cualquier "bien" en sentido sustantivo es una realización adecuada de algo.Nuestro "trabajo bien hecho". Así lo ha resaltado Ronal Dworkin en relación con la dignidad de las personas y su importancia jurídica y política:

"Pero condenar la analogía (deberíamos vivir nuestras vidas como una obra de arte) por esta razón pierde su sentido, que reside en la relación entre el valor de  lo que es creado y el valor de los actos que hicieron posible su creación. Valoramos el gran arte no fundamentalmente porque tal arte como producto ayude a nuestras vidas, sino porque encarna una realización, la respuesta a un desafío artístico. Valoramos las vidas humanas bien vividas no por la narración que completan, lo que la mera ficción podría servir de la misma manera, sino porque ellas también encarnan una realización: una respuesta al desafío de tener una vida que liderar. El valor final de nuestras vidas es adverbial, no de adjetivación. El valor de la realización, no cualquier cosa que quede cuando se sustrae la realización. Es el valor de una danza o inmersión brillantes cuando las memorias se han desvanecido y la propagación de las ondas muere”

(Ronald Dworkin: “Justice for hedgehogs”, Dignity, página 197. Traducción Guillermo Ruiz )

When a man dies he kicks the dust.

(HDT, Walden)

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