I've been trying to formulate a post this week in the wake of news of Jerry Sandusky's horrible crimes. I have had so much to say this week with friends, all of us sharing our outrage and disbelief, and I contemplated sharing what my thoughts were regarding the situation, but anything I could say has been said, regarding Joe Paterno, the media coverage and the bigger, more important crimes.
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For many of them, this is their first exposure to the ugliness in a world that, to them, has been theirs to rule. The utopia of Happy Valley has been hit by a virtual nuclear bomb and, while my reality check or introduction to imperfection of men may have been different than theirs, it's something that all of us go through in our lives.
This situation is horrible, disgusting, and only bound to get worse. But it has united people. Penn State has an unbelievable ability to raise money for worthy causes and now, their sights are set on organizations created to help Sandusky's and other miscreants' victims. PSU's real rivals have stepped forward to offer support and understanding. Today, differences have been set aside for a bit and people are coming together for a much more important reason than a football game.
So, while none of this makes any sense yet, nor will it ever, really, many of us are mourning this loss of innocence with the students and alumni of Penn State. And even though many of us aren't......