Brooks from the NY Times gives an interesting account of how dignity in the public arena has changed over the course of our nation.

We have gone from a time in which stoicism (in terms of feelings) was valued to one where we are encouraged to live with our feelings upon our sleeve.  I am more toward the sharing your feelings end of the spectrum because I believe it is an authentic approach to life.  However, I can see the downside as pointed out in this article.   Do we really need to see all these public figures traipse in front of a TV and air all of their failures? Wouldn’t it be better to have them go away and get things figured out and show us their repentance by their actions instead of their emotional grandstands?

Count me as an undecided at this point…but something to think about.

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