If Plato is right that the only people who should rule are those who don't want to, then Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor is miles ahead of the other chief executive wannabes.
It would be hard to find a more mournful public figure announcing she might reconsider her intention to retire and run for the top job after all. Watching her on television, I thought she was on the verge of tears.
She said Leung Chun-ying's shock announcement not to seek a second term had left her with no choice but to consider running.
Poor woman, she thought she could retire and live happily ever after. Hong Kong politics just doesn't allow such happy endings. It swallows people whole and spits them out mercilessly. "It is tragic that at this time in Hong Kong," she said, referring to Leung's decision, "serving the community and protecting your family cannot both coexist and that those in politics would have to make such a difficult decision."
She might as well be talking about herself.