In last weekend's Wall Street Journal, there was a column by Peggy Noonan called "Rectitude Chic." Here's a couple of paragraphs that got me thinking:
For a generation we've been tapping on plastic keyboards, entering data into databases, inventing financial instruments that are abstract, complex and unconnected to any seeable reality. Fortunes were made in the ether, almost no one knows how; there's a sense that this was perhaps part of the problem. Workers tapped on keyboards and produced work they cannot see, touch or necessarily admire. They'd like to make their country better, and stronger, in a way they can see....
There's something else going on, a new or renewed sense of national shame. Or communal responsibility. Or a sense of reckoning. Whatever it is it's a reaction to the excesses of the O's, a reaction against the ways of those who caused the mess on Wall Street and Main Street. It is a reassertion that there actually are rules, and that it is embarrassing to break them in a way so colorfully damaging and destructive to everyone else.
Do you think this is true? Do you feel like people are thinking differently about large scale issues these days, and questioning things in different ways? Perhaps people other than the editorial writers of the WSJ might have been more inclined to have that sense of national shame before now, but have these undercurrents now boiled over?