Why So Much Gloating

Some of the things I’ve read the past few hours about reactions to the jury verdict in the Jerry Sandusky trial are, to be honest, disturbing. Cartoons that depict him entering prison, comments shouted at him as he was leaving the courtroom (“Rot in Hell!”). Comments on facebook.

I’d like to suggest that our pity and humanity can extend not only to the victims of crimes like the ones he’s been convicted of, but to the perpetrator himself, not only because his life “as he knows it” is likely come to an end, but because assuming he really committed these horrible acts, there is something sick (as in unhealthy) and twisted beyond the evil that may be in him to drive him to do these things.

I wonder, if we can’t learn to have pity on Jerry Sandusky, can we learn to have pity on anyone…

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