We are all Justice Breyer.

And not in the way that the French express solidarity during demonstrations. (“Nous sommes tous Charlie Hebdo.”) Most of us harbor the same blinkered self-regard that puts our personal well-being way above the public good, be it Breyer, who turns 83 on Sunday and is clinging to a Supreme Court seat in defiance of actuarial charts and precedent (let’s see, who replaced Ruth Bader Ginsburg?), or Pasadena homeowners watering the hydrangeas in defiance of the wildfires burning down the rest of the West.