Ladies and Gentlemen
Peggy Noonan has written a very thoughtful column in the Wall Street Journal today regarding the downward trajectory of our modern culture. Noonan begins by talking about her discomfort at the rough treatment she has received from those TSA airport screeners. She wonders if society even cares about a lady's dignity anymore. From there, she expands that idea to encompass a society that, in general, has witnessed a sharp decline in politeness, virtue, and modesty.
Some might question whether it is even possible for ladies and gentlemen to exist in a culture that glorifies tabloidism as much as ours does. I think that it is possible, and I think that such an attitude would be found refreshing and welcomed by many who are frustrated with the shallowness of American excess. I am glad to see Miss Noonan lending her eloquent voice to that cause and agree that if there is any time to affect such a change in our own lives, it is during teh Lenten period of reflection and renewal.