Yesterday I followed along watching the voting and ultimate selection of the new pope. I imagine a lot of folks wondered a lot of things, like I did: Why black & white smoke? What are they really doing in there that can’t be seen? Who thought up all those crazy hats?
It’s the hat one that stuck with me once Pope New was announced. And then introduced. And then dressed in many layers of robes and vestments and hats. All in front of all the people of the world. So, wait … we can’t watch the whole lot of you voting, even though we watch voting happen all over the world all the time … but we can watch grown men help another grown man dress in public? A grown man who was perfectly capable of dressing himself before the secret vote and white smoke? That’s weird.
And then I realized it’s his armor, in a way. The clothes, plus the new name, work just like they work for Superman. And although I very clearly like Supe’s outfit much better (anyone with the nerve to wear the undies on the outside is cool. Also, bow ties are cool, but that’s a different thread for a different time.) I kinda like the public suiting-up. Starting with the squishy human underneath showing, and then getting all up in the vestments seems revealing.
I have armor, too, obviously. What I choose to wear, and how I wear them. And for me especially, who wears black every single day (and specifically a black v-neck tee shirt with blue jeans and a Surlyramic necklace) I understand the comfort in the known costume. Interestingly, it’s also a bit ham-stringing for me. I wonder if that’s true of the Cisco Pope too?
What does your armor for the outside world look like?
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