I don’t get football, even after 11 years in the country, I still don’t. I can watch it on TV. Like I can watch poker and golf. Not bass fishing, that’s a bit too much, but football is alright to watch. The culture it creates on the other side, is bizarre to say the least.
Now we have the Penn State drama and I won’t try to comment, but found three incredible articles that give me perspective on what’s going on.
Charles P. Pierce let’s us be angry and shows rage:
It happens because institutions lie. And today, our major institutions lie because of a culture in which loyalty to “the company,” and protection of “the brand” — that noxious business-school shibboleth that turns employees into brainlocked elements of sales and marketing campaigns — trumps conventional morality, traditional ethics, civil liberties, and even adherence to the rule of law. It is better to protect “the brand” than it is to protect free speech, the right to privacy, or even to protect children.
Thomas L. Day draws the right consequences:
I have decided to continue to respect my elders, but to politely tell them, “Out of my way.”
They have had their time to lead. Time’s up. I’m tired of waiting for them to live up to obligations.
And David Brooks reminds us to not feel superior.
So many people do nothing while witnessing ongoing crimes, psychologists have a name for it: the Bystander Effect. The more people are around to witness the crime, the less likely they are to intervene.