Mewsings from Lowecat (aka Indianacat)

My rants, ravings, and overall 'mewsings' on life, the universe, and everything.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Why Does Death Bring Out the Worse in People?

A good friend of mine - who started out as a cyber friend, and has become a close friend IRL - is one of many past and current students of PSU who are genuinely mourning the death of former football coach Joe Paterno.

Granted, Mr. Paterno made a major moral misjudgement that led to the end of his coaching career. Many people have mixed emotions/feelings/opinions on that matter. As have I.

That doesn't detract from the fact that a school is mourning the loss of one its' own. A family has lost a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother. Football has lost a coaching legend.

Unfortunately, there are haters who hide behind a nom de pleur in order to spew their filthy hate over the current black mark that has tarnished not just the former coach's reputation, but the reputation of a school as well.

Whether you think that Coach Paterno didn't do enough to end the cycle of abuse that one of his employees committed against male children or not, that doesn't give you the excuse to spew hate. It definitely doesn't give you the right to spew your hate at the people, like my friend, who are hurting.

It's no wonder she posted 'Let he (or she) who is without sin cast the first stone!' It was well said 2012 years ago, and remains valid advice today. You can show support and concern for those who are hurtin' from this loss without bein' hateful or losin' your sense of integrity.

Now I read that those opinated asshats from the Westboro Baptist Cult (I refuse to call it a church) plans to picket Paterno's funeral. Some say they agree with 'em for once. I don't. I think their presence at ANY funeral is wrong and hateful. They're entitled to their opinion, and they may be entitled to picket funerals, but it's as morally wrong, IMO, as blastin' hate to those who mourn the loss.

So shoot me.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they SHALL be comforted. Coach Paterno, for whatever sin of omission he committed in our eyes, will have a much higher judge to answer to than any of us humans. May he find Peace in the next life.