THE STRANGE EFFECT OF POWER

THE STRANGE EFFECT OF POWER

Did you read about the Washington state court District judge in Richland who ordered a woman to remove her knitted hat she wore to cover the fact she has no hair due to cancer treatment? She was too Police embarrassed to do it and left the court room. The judge said "I ask everybody to remove hats" and went to say the only exception he makes is for religious reasons. After saying he was sensitive to cancer victims because his own mother died from the disease, he added "Refusal to remove shows contempt for the court and the judge." If the judge was informed why she was wearing the cap and still took the position she had to remove it or it would show "contempt for the court and the judge" I wouldn’t agree. If those are the facts, this shows to me a lack of sensitivity to people with health problems and especially those who are trying to conceal a medical problem that embarrasses them. I think everyone in a position of power needs to remember their duty not to overextend the exercise of that power. Lord Acton said it best: "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.