Mark Grimm

 

The Royal Wedding matters because we rarely celebrate wholesomeness

Yes, Americans should care about the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. We live in a culture that far too often celebrates misbehavior. Heck, Charlie Sheen actually went on tour to celebrate his. Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Chris Brown — iccckkk. Why can’t we have a story where the headline is two famous people who love and respect each other and don’t look down on anyone. Well, actually we do. Prince William could easily have turned out to be a spoiled rich kid with a snooty air. To the contrary, he is a young man who joined the military not for the photo op, but to actually save lives as a rescue pilot. He has his mother’s heart and a respect for tradition you wouldn’t expect from someone twice his age. Kate Middleton is pure elegance, possessing a beauty and unassuming air that will serve her (and her country) well.

This is also about British history which, of course, is our history. No other country has left such an indelible mark on the American ethos. And no other country has been such a loyal friend to us. No other country is even close. No one is asking that you treat every wedding detail as a life and death moment. The details are the entertainment. But don’t let the moment pass without scoring one for the good in all of us. We could use the boost right now.