Since terrorists hijacked four planes over a decade ago, leaving in their wake a ruinous landscape of jagged steel and crumpled bodies, there continues to be much talk of how America has lost its innocence. But, against the backdrop of Columbine, gang violence, Colorado Theatre shooting, and disintegrating family values, “innocence” does not seem the correct term. More appropriate, I think, is that America’s sense of decadence has been shattered. Gone is that warm unreality of being shielded by the sheer fact of our “superpower.” In short, we have been made to feel like the rest of the world. This is not a good feeling.