Your embroidered festoonery, your lavish linens, your commanding epaulettes, your jaunty chapeaus, your soul-hiding sunshades, all make you what you are, a man.

Decorated man becomes more than himself, which makes him more himself. He is part of a tradition. He has earned a reputation. He is no longer just an individual. He represents something higher than himself, for which he is adequate and confidently gone to. If he is not worthy of the garb, he will be stripped of it and become less than he is. He will become what he isn’t, less than a man.