Mad Men and the Humility of Shared Humanity

“I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.” — Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 85

A decade ago this past week, AMC’s Mad Men premiered, depicting Madison Avenue in 1960s from the perspective of protagonist Don Draper and a host of others. It’s a subtle, slow burn of a show that explores many aspects of human nature. On the surface, it glamorizes a glorious past in New York City, when men wore suits and women dresses, when cocktails were classy and smoking was…well, legal in restaurants.