Monroe concludes that the awe the canyon inspires grants American artists access to a form of reverence, a worshipfulness
that will inspire great art.
It reflects the aging process, which sheds a golden glow over our youth (the nostalgia fallacy, we might call it); selection bias, which leads us to compare the best of the past with the average of the present because time has not yet sorted the best of the present from the average; related to both, a tendency to hero worship that requires a temporally distant hero to make worshipfulness
a remotely plausible attitude; and, in recent times, the growth of specialization, which makes us feel smaller than our predecessors.
So we look up to Lincoln again--not with unmixed reverence but with respect; not with unalloyed worshipfulness
but with admiration; and above all with some forbearance and gratitude.
The feeling in the audience for The Full Monty is quite unlike the bachelorette squealing that greets off-Broadway's squeaky-clean Naked Boys Singing or the melancholy worshipfulness
you find at a gay strip joint.
He had previously choreographed the adagio in modern style as an extended pas de deux in which the man, often while lying on the floor, reaches up to partner the woman with a fervent worshipfulness