Monday, September 4, 2017
At his son’s ninth grade graduation, Chief Justice John Roberts shared surprising but insightful thoughts:
“From time to time in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly so that you will come to know the value of justice.”
“I hope that you will suffer betrayal, because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted,” Roberts said.
“I wish you bad luck – again, from time to time – so that you will be conscious of the role of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and that the failure of others is not completely deserved, either.
“And when you lose, as you will, from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure as a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others. And I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”
At the Wisconsin Lawyer, July 2017.