In this web exclusive, writer John H. Ostdick has a few more questions for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page.
What is the most inspiring thing you’ve ever read?
Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger, is sort of a history of Brown v. Board of Education and a group of lawyers including Thurgood Marshall who built one case upon another to literally change society, to get a group of people to do something they didn’t want to do, weren’t inclined to do, and in fact had every reason in the world not to do.
Your teams won a national championship at Notre Dame but never won a Super Bowl. How important was that in the overall arc of your life?
Winning and losing doesn’t change who you are. That being said, as an athlete I was probably one of the worst losers of all time. It’s a lot more fun to win, and perform well. For me, just winning wasn’t good enough.
You talk about having hope for the future, yet in your current role you sometimes see the darkest side of life. What is that hope based on?
If you look at the world around us created by my generation, we haven’t done so well. I’ve seen pretty hopeless situations, but I’m inspired by young people and the potential that they have to do good. For me, keeping that hope alive, inspiring young people to live good lives in whatever small way I can, is important. That’s where the hope is.
Why is volunteerism so crucial?
Volunteerism is the only way we are going to survive. With the complexity of the problems we face, it is clear that money alone can’t solve those problems. People have to be involved, giving of themselves. We change as human beings based on our interactions with other people. It is critical that individuals are involved in the process.
Read the complete article on Alan Page and learn why the football Hall of Fame wasn't enough.