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Greatest Generation showed great modesty

Columnist David Brooks recently listened to a rebroadcast of the "Command Performance" radio program that aired the day World War II ended. He was struck by the humility shown on the day of that great victory — and how that contrasted with society today, citing Rep. Joe Wilson's "You lie!" shout, Kanye West's MTV awards interruption and Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame speech as recent examples of "self-indulgent expression." Brooks wrote: "A display of mass modesty, like the kind represented on the V-J Day 'Command Performance,' comes as something of a refreshing shock, a glimpse into another world. It's funny how the nation's mood was at its most humble when its actual achievements were at their most extraordinary."

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