Re: Report: Penn State officials concealed sex abuse
Ego and arrogance inevitably mate using condoms made of rationalization. Of course, the condoms always rupture giving birth to an offspring called stupidity. It’s been going on since the dawn of humanity and there isn’t a shred of evidence—not even a hint—that it’s going to stop before the human race annihilates itself. In fact, it most likely will be this offspring of ego and arrogance that will be at the root of it.
For those who have not done so, read the full report, especially the part about the janitor who witnessed Jerry Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy in a university locker-room shower. I’m including an excerpt below.
"The janitor who observed it says it's the worst thing he ever saw," Freeh said, outlining the explosive findings of his 267-page review, which found a complete failure of the university leadership to stop Sandusky. "He's a Korean War veteran. … He spoke to the other janitors. They were awed and shocked by it. But, what did they do? They said they can't report this because they'd be fired. They were afraid to take on the football program. They said the university would circle around it. It was like going against the president of United States. If that's the culture on the bottom, God help the culture at the top."
This culture, by the way, isn’t applicable ONLY to Penn State. Every organization has its “sacred cows” that NOBODY criticizes, even when the evidence justifies doing so. And the farther removed people are from the TOP, the more likely they are to succumb to a “see no evil… hear no evil… speak no evil” mentality.
The arrogance and egos of Graham Spanier, Joe Paterno, Tim Curley, and Gary Shultz in believing that only they, ALONE, could save Penn State’s reputation was bad enough. But the idea that they thought that their magnanimous personalities could somehow make it all go away reeks of abject stupidity.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.