- Posted July 23, 2012 by
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Penn State sanctions fair?
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Penn State Sanctions: Too Little, Much Too Late----What About Prevention?
Driving through Manhattan this past weekend, I noticed a high presence of security guards and police near the site of Ground Zero. I mumbled something to myself about "yeah, 11 years too late." With the Penn State NCAA Sanctions announced just today, I see a parallel, and I could almost retort: "yeah, thirteen years too late." Money and football status will be extracted from the Penn State Account, and I'm sure that hurts somebody---but where were the ethical and moral overseers back in 1999 when Sandusky was first fingered as a sexual deviate? As the famous Monty Python refrain goes, "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition." But does that mean that the horrors of human behavior cannot be predicted, so deal with the fallout? To some, it may, but I believe that when we are living consciously, ethically and morally we can see through clearer eyes and we can pick up on that which is moving against our ethical interests. Kind of like those beagles that can sniff out a single bed bug egg and warn of an impending infestation.
As for the NCAA sanctions, fine, they will sting a bit--but it is the prevention of social sickness that really counts in my book. When "There's Something Rotten in Denmark" it smells, and people have to have the heart and the courage to speak out when ethics are in danger of being trampled upon. And it's a pretty thankless job too, the job of averting cataclysm, or the all-out assault on fairness in society. In their blissful ignorance, most, it seems, would rather allow the wrong thing to happen for years, and then exact fines and fees to punish the guilty parties. It's just plain too late when it comes to that. We need to ratchet up the awareness that we are capable of so that people don't fly airplanes into tall buildings or rape children in showers. Think about it. I'm W J O'Reilly.