The Penn State scandal is old news now. There is really no need to rehash the alleged misdeeds of Jerry Sandusky. No. I want to talk about the rage that people feel when they think about a man who did absolutely nothing. A man who allegedly saw Jerry Sandusky violating a child and then turned around and walked away. He passed the buck and thought someone else would fix it.
So now when people think about that they get angry. Rightfully angry. Righteous anger. Some people want to know way a rather young, rather large guy, didn’t punch Sandusky in the face. I want to know why he didn’t just say, “Excuse me, Mr. Sandusky, what in the world are you doing?” That’s probably all it would have taken to stop it. At least for that one child. How do you witness that, quietly sneak away, and then lay your head down and sleep for the next dozen or so years?
But then this happens quite a bit of the time. People see things, they know something terrible happened, and they look the other way. Somehow they pretend it never happened. When the truth comes out anger ensues. Not just at the party who did the horrible deed, but the person or persons who could have stopped it. How could they have known this and done absolutely nothing?
Shouldn’t the people who knew about these heinous acts be held accountable? That’s the problem with idolizing figures and worshiping them. It blinds you. You’re so enamored with the persona that you can’t see the obvious flaws. You’re willing to sweep glaring problems under the rug. Maybe it’s cognitive dissonance. Maybe what you see or find out is so completely contrary to what you’ve believed that you can’t even process it so you begin to rationalize it. After you’re done rationalizing it you somehow twist it around so that it’s not such a bad thing. The evil doer is spreading so much good that surely it outweighs his bad. That seems sick and twisted doesn’t it? Besides this scandal would rock the establishment and we can’t have that.
What do we call someone who can willingly turn a blind eye to the suffering of others? What do we say about someone who has it in their power to right a wrong but doesn’t? Why we call him good, benevolent, kind, loving, merciful, gracious and just. We call him God.