A colleague’s brother ran for judge last year. But despite receiving 42% of the vote, he did not ascend the dais nor did he acquire the black robes of office nor is he today, able to sign his name with the honorific “Hon.” before his name. In his campaign materials, he was smart to separate himself from the competition by pledging to hew closely to principles of respect and courtesy to those appearing before him. Indeed, to his credit, he quoted Lord Acton. Sadly, he lost.
Ours ought not be a closeted society. Nor should it be divided by classes. Its important to remember that regardless of the so-called high station one aspires to or to which one ascends, there are limits to sanctifying the sanctimonious self. After all, it is impossible to die in your own arms.