@Dave Duncan, I can appreciate the simplicity of the seniority
system in the LDS Church, but seniority doesn't always equate to most
deserving or most able to lead. The Pope is chosen as the most deserving and
able among and by his peers. And it makes for a great and interesting tradition.
That's a lot of drama! Makes one appreciate the simplicity of the seniority
system in the succession of the LDS church presidency.
I recall as a kid reading the comic where Superman dies. My friend and I spent a
long time afterwards discussing who should take over as leader of the Justice
League. This was extremely important as the fate of the world could depend on
the power and moral character of the leader, and how they would shape the future
of the non-super hero human population of Earth under their care.I’ve since put away childish things, but can’t help to sometimes
long for those days when our harmless fantasies seemed so pressing. Sometimes we
even dressed up in elaborate costumes which made it all the more real and
relevant to us.