Leonard Pitts wrote:
"You might call this a requiem for reverence.
It speaks also to an overriding shallowness, an obsession with the superficial and trivial that seems unfortunately characteristic of this era. One can hardly get through the day anymore without feeling that.
Reverence dies repeatedly in a nation where ironic distance and postmodern cynicism are worn like armor to protect against the possibility one might accidentally feel something profound or hear some deep, affecting truth.
What a difference a generation makes. Maybe you are old enough to remember when "reverence" became passe and its antonym, "irreverence," became the byword of American culture. Like a blast of cold air into a stifling room, it blew away the tyranny of the excessively earnest and the stiffly proper, refused to bow before cobwebbed notions of propriety, skewered sacred cows with infectious abandon.
It was culture as dividing line, the bright Rubicon between Bob Hope and Lenny Bruce, Henry Fonda and Jane Fonda, Bing Crosby and Funkadelic. In a real sense, it represented the liberating of the American mind.
But decades later, it sometimes feels as if irreverence has instituted a tyranny all its own, a ban against holding anything above the fray, or regarding anything as too sacred for too long. Worse, this new tyranny seems to portend less the liberating of the American mind than the calcifying of the American heart against the very notion of sacred things, a profound unseriousness, a sense of emotional retardation unworthy of grownup people."
Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Miami Herald. Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/01/22/1993635/we-have-transitioned-to-a-nation.html#storylink=cpy