If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
Would you believe this storyline? A major university shielded a child rapist until he and other university employees were indicted for the despicable crime and for covering up to protect their very profitable football program. Upon the indictments, the University President declared his “unconditional support” for the accused criminals and did not mention the abused children. When the trustees of the school, within a week, fired the President and the 82 year old doddering football coach, the school’s students rioted in the streets. Not over the rapes, over the football coach’s firing.
A rejected skit from Saturday Night live? A Mad Magazine parody? No, real life in Happy Valley, home off the once proud Penn State University.
Most of us are too jaded to notice, the story of a football coach getting fired after 62 years is worth little more than a raised eyebrow.
We have watched every institution around us fail to lead, so we are used to people getting shit on. Doubt me? Where are all those new jobs they promised in the last election? College graduates are up to here in debt, living in their parents basements, and working as supermarket cashiers because of the failures of government, education and business.
Governments and banks are failing, people are rioting in the streets over financial mismanagement, the ice caps are melting and we are still blowing up caves near Pakistan. None of us know if our houses will ever be worth our mortgage balance again and those of us who have done a good job managing our money are being called one percenters. Until we go to hospital, then we are out of the 1% because we probably don’t have enough health insurance.
What hold us together as a society? Where is trust, where is hope, where is love?
Do we trust, hold out hope for or love the media? Pedophile Priests? Schools? Social Security? Our currency? Greedy CEO’s? Lawyers? Drug Companies? The idiots in the Republican debates (Uh-oh)? Right wing radio? Corrupt unions?
Everything, it seems, is in question. A football program running a university doesn’t show up on our radar until something truly horrible, like 8 year old boys getting raped in a shower by an assistant football coach enter the story. I mean, we have reality TV to watch, for God sakes, those poor Kardashian kids have marriages falling apart! Who will host the Oscars? Did Nancy Grace really make it that far on DWTS?
We are more worried about offending someone with speech, running out of Viagra or losing a friend on Facebook. My God, what if Penn State loses a GAME because of all this bad publicity? What does the scandal do to the betting line? Stay tuned to Sportscenter, sponsored by Viagra.
When is enough enough? When does the collective consciousness kick in?
It is time for leaders to emerge, time for a little revolution.
Where does peace begin? It begins with me. It begins with all of us who have decided to quit sleeping. The whole world is watching. Our generation fought to change the world once, it is time to fight again:
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