The first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution received final ratification on December 15, 1791. This year, then, marks the bicentenary of what is arguably the single most significant political event in my country’s history—the adoption of a Bill of Rights. So I write this essay in a celebratory spirit, to honor a most distinguished and influential U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Of the recently retired William J. Brennan, Jr.’s many outstanding contributions, his tireless promotion of human dignity as a preeminent legal principle stands out. Government should maintain and protect the dignity of those it serves, that the Constitution and Bill of Rights constitute nothing less than “a bold commitment by a people to the ideal of libertarian dignity protected through law”, are certainly attractive, even noble ideas. Yet, like so many abstract concepts, they are exasperatingly obscure.