This is the word that keeps popping in my head when I think of this bonkers year. I mean … many four-letter words do too but those come and go (usually).
Substantive: having a firm basis in reality and therefore important, meaningful, or considerable. In decade when social media dominated, where people became celebs by doing “what was that again?” And life became more about polish than substance. 2020 is substantive, whether we like it or not.
“Substantive” very much describes the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg – and that combination of characteristics, actions and results – is just awe-inspiring because they are real and meaningful. Being substantive isn’t flashy, although it may culminate in a flashy moment, as in a sharply written dissent, or the latest shiny object – and doesn’t that sound really appealing right now?