So after reading a number of articles on Monday regarding the passing of Joe Paterno, I came up with this one.
Essentially, sports columnists want us to forget the bad stuff and just concentrate on the good (football records, etc.). But if anything, this is a perfect time to reflect on ALL aspects of his life. Including the mistakes that everyone should learn from.
No, no, no. Not comparing the two people directly. But I am driving home the ridiculous concept of forgetting all the bad just because someone also has done some positive things. You still need to be held accountable for what you did during your entire life.
He was also an accomplished painter.
Hitler was an incredible cricket player
But Joe didn’t molest anyone. I know you and no one else cares, I just care about accuracy. He is wrong for not getting the police but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Hopefully I made a clarifying edit. I am not accusing the man of molesting children. But he enabled it.
Indeed he did, thank you
It’s pretty clear that guilt is soluble in levels of indirection.
Take Bush: Nobody would blame him for the kids he killed. Because he didn’t kill any kids. He ordered a country to be invaded. Yes, he knew there would be dead civilians, and among themselves kids, but he didn’t pull the trigger. Levels of indirection = innocence.
Same thing here, except even more innocent, if that’s possible. Joe didn’t order anyone to rape kids. He just didn’t go out of his way to make it stop once he knew about it.
Not a big deal. Who among those who knew Iraqi kids were getting killed did anything to make it stop? See? Completely innocent.
(It’s either that or we’d need to admit raping US kids is much worse than killing Iraqi kids, and that’d be weird. innocent. definitely innocent.)
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