Penn State & the 8th Deadly Sin
So much has been written about the evolving Penn State University scandal that I hesitate to tread. But, I continue to be amazed by the arrogance that continues to be displayed by some of the Nittany lion faithful.
Just as I begin to believe that they finally 'get it', a PSU-family member will make a very public statement about how Joe Paterno or even Jerry Sandusky is being mistreated. They go on to speak about the 'Penn State Way', all of the good that Joe Pa has done over the last 50 years and all of the lives that he has touched.
Unfortunately, when the grandfather, father and man Joe Paterno had a chance to help young men being sexually abused by one of his own he fumbled mightily.
His comment upon reflection- "I should have done more." Ya think??
I've got a question for coach, Mike McQueary- How does a 28 yo man view what he knows to be an improper act with a child in a locker room shower continue to walk by without immediately confronting the situation?
Many students clearly understand the 'Penn State way' as the campus literally riots moments after the coach is fired. Did they even light a candle after the first reports of allegations that a child may have been harmed on their campus by one of their own??
Where was the outrage?
I could go on and on but this isn't about Joe Paterno's legacy or feelings. This isn't primarily about the arrogant culture that PSU has clearly mastered and taught many of its' family members' over generations.
While people lament the fall of Joe Pa and the damage that is being done to the reputation of such a fine academic institution lest they forget one small fact:
WHAT ABOUT THE ABUSED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES?
Who's rioting for them?
Pride comes before the fall...so does arrogance.
Clearly, for years many of the Nittany-faithful have believed that nothing was more important than Penn State, but many in the rest of the world value the safety of all children just a bit more.