Note: Mods, feel free to remove if you think this is unnecessary or just more piling on. I just had this thought while I was driving to work this morning and wanted to try and get them down, while also not sure what to do with them then.
Ok, so I was debating whether or not to make a fanpost out of this or not. I, like everybody else, am trying to get a handle on this whole situation and the spectacle that the media is turning this into. While it is debatable whether or not Joe did more or even could have done more, I think there are many other reasons why the country is having a moral aneurysm right now.
How many times do we read about people close to children secretly preying on them? What do almost all of these cases have in common; the fact that those closest to the situation always end up saying, “he was just the guy next door” or “I never would have suspected him”. According to many people around this situation, Jerry was “that guy”. He was a loving, caring, compassionate man that did many wonderful things for those around him. He also was harboring a very dark and dirty secret.
I think this moral indignation at Joe Paterno is bred, not just of anger and frustration that he should have done more, but also from fear. Fear that Joseph Vincent Paterno, molder of men, and pillar of doing the right thing could have missed this for the past decade. Fear that, if he could have the wool pulled over his eyes so to speak, that it could happen to any and all of us. Joe has always been a great man of character and brilliant at reading and understanding people. The fact that he wasn’t able to see through the lies and charades that Jerry’s life was, means that we are all susceptible to missing the evil around us and that is a very, very scary thought.