John Cook emailed me in response to a comment* I made at his blog. Here is my reply:
How about breaking it down. Have people suggest sanctimonious occupations and make a sanctimony list for them. We could poll people as to which occupation is the most sanctimonious, but those answers might be more revealing of envy. We could perhaps trick poll-takers into describing how important/unique/etc they think their occupation is. How do you think police/military would fare? Farmers?
*For those who don’t feel like clicking, it was short enough to copy: Which professions do see themselves as being like every other profession? I propose we dub these “the unique professions”.