Lawyers, like psychiatrists, see into the hearts of mankind. Therefore, they probably never bought into the utopian world of "Downton Abbey," in which the classes lived peacefully amidst the inequality. Those old-fashioned values of acceptance of one's place likely never existed.
In THE NEW YORK TIMES Book Review, John Sutherland tells us about "Shooting Victoria" by Paul Thomas Murphy. The book captures the social and economic unrest of Victorian England. No, not everyone saw the world as acceptable as it was. There were the revolutionaries and the nutty who were determined to change it.
Probably few things cause as much harm to one's inner peace as the myth of some kind golden age long ago or a few years ago. There are those in the legal sector who remember the time before the crash in 2007 as when law was still a noble profession, not a brutal business. But talk with those who didn't make partner pre-2007 and their memories of a life toiling in BigLaw primarily are that of traumatic experience. Did or do associates ever gleefully accept the extraordinary power partners have over them?