I made the mistake of naming the subject "miter or mitres," as the topic is wider (podkarpatska understood the broader point). Nevertheless, it is good that I did so.
I will tell you where this all came from. Several priests that I have talked to have stated the popular opinion that "we have got to stop dressing our Bishops up like the emperor and singing the emperor's chant (eis polla eti despota) to them." The reason given is that, if all this started with transferring the emperor's prerogatives to the bishop at the fall of Constantinople, then we should cease doing it, immediately. My point is that I am not convinced that this is the case.
Sooooo, let us say that I am wrong, that indeed, all of this started with the fall of Constantinople. I assume that Gunarr and Cyrillic, our two young feisty 'converts' on this thread, agree that it should be done away with. Otherwise, how can you defend its continued use? If it is the case as both of you said, it is wholly unecclesial.
Afterall, our bishops are not mere "men", but, are anointed to lead Christ's Church, no?
When we approach the bishop and ask his blessing, are we expecting the "man" in the fancy robes to have some super duper powers that he will wave his hand over us, mumble something and make our lives all happy? No. We ask him, but, through him, we anticipate Christ's blessing.
While Christ came to serve, and did not wear "fancy" clothes, that's because He came to teach us, to show us the way, of how we ought to behave, dress, speak, etc.
The bishop, to me, has the Holy Spirit working through him (as do our clergy), more-so, than via laity. He is our "leader" and as such, ought to be distinguished from the rest of us. If Christ, any one of His Saints, or His anointed bishops, were to show up on my doorstep, I would feel it necessary to dress them in the finest clothes I had, feed them the best food I had, give them everything of the best that I could give them. No? It would be an honor to do so.
Same with our church buildings. Christ was born in a shepherds cave. He never lived on earth in a palace. He often slept under the stars. However, now that we "can", we build lovely churches. These churches are better decorated than our homes, because our homes are merely ours, but, the church, it is set aside as God's house. We decorate it in order to distinguish from any other buildings. Not only does the manner of decoration, the gilding, the rugs, etc. make it "pretty", when we walk in we immediately realize we are someplace special.
In other words, the "fancy" decorations are to set the Church and her Bishops (clergy) apart, so that we realize that they are special, because they truly are.
We are not all called to be priest, nor bishops.
We ought to honor and revere all things set aside by God, for God.
Besides, do not we also put on our "Sunday best" when we go to church? Why shouldn't our clergy do the same?