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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Zinedine Zidane

I occasionally litigate cases before the Supreme Court; I most recently represented the respondents in Conkright v. Frommert and the petitioners in LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, Inc.  Such has diminished any temptation I might have to apotheosize the Court or its members.   Particularly since I lost Conkright.

Just the same, I often wonder why the urge to apotheosize, idolize, put on a pedestal, etc., is  universal.  We’ve all done it.  Everyone’s done it as a child.  As age and experience accumulate, we presumably become less susceptible to these sorts of feelings, but my strong suspicion is that the overwhelming majority of adults still indulge the urge, perhaps with respect to a favorite law professor, author, athlete, or actor.  It could be there’s an evolutionary explanation, e.g., children were more likely to survive if they believed their parents were godlike and perfect and thus reflexively obeyed parental orders without evaluating the merit of such commands.   Accordingly, maybe we’re naturally inclined to think of other persons of high status or profound accomplishment as similarly godlike.  I don’t know.  Thoughts?  Are law professors and lawyers less susceptible?

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If evolution has favored children who view their parents as godlike, then my son represents a significant mutation.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Apr 21, 2011 4:36:38 PM

Marc -- Good luck in your match. If you want to bone up on strategy, go to http://www.zonalmarking.net/. If you want more inspiration, watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc1H2hOHu_s. Very short, and worth it.

Posted by: Brendan Maher | Apr 21, 2011 11:48:41 AM

I recall in an obituary of a famous American photographer (I don't remember his name) a statement made by him that there is a sense of "fraud" in photographs. The same might be said of videos. I recall noting at a local library the extensive volumes of Thomas Jefferson's writings, which I bring to mind when I read a quote, usually out of context, of Jefferson that someone uses for his/her advantage. Perhaps in Jefferson's mass of writings, there may be countering quotes that the quoter is not aware of or chooses to ignore so as not to dilute his advantage.

As for belief in parents, back in 7th grade a girl in my class made a statement that my parents had sex, which I could not believe (especially since I did not know much about sex at the time). Despite the reality of this, there was no detraction from my love and belief in my parents based upon the many years they were in my life. Of course, if they had been God-like, where would I be? (Unless the Gods, like birds and bees, do it.)

Posted by: Shag from Brookline | Apr 21, 2011 7:14:53 AM

Brendan -- fantastic video. And as the captain of a public interest auction soccer team that has a date with destiny against a team captained by our dean, an ex-Holy Cross soccer star, I need all the inspiration I can get.

But for me, a different kind of inspirational Zidane moment was when he head-butted that jerk on the Italian team (and I love Italy!) who insulted his sister, and then had the good sense to say BOTH that he'd rather die than apologize *and* that he had no business on the field with his team after that. Red-card nothing.

Posted by: Marc DeGirolami | Apr 20, 2011 9:30:13 PM

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