With apologies to Parable readers who are on Penn State University football overload, I recently found a web page of Joe Paterno quotes which I read with new insight.
How prophetic! JoePa, the football icon, who is quoted as saying, “The minute you think you got it made, disaster is just around the corner,” will forever be remembered as the man who did not foresee the catastrophe resulting from his failure to run interference for a ten year old boy who was raped in a shower.
How incomprehensible! Paterno, who said, “You have to play with extreme confidence,” allowed his own self assurance to become arrogance __ arrogance that prompted him to conceal a crime that would ultimately condemn a friend, his players and the University he served so passionately.
What irony! the Legend of Happy Valley, an American Football Idol, who preached “Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it,” gulped down a huge dose of himself to hush up child abuse of the most hideous kind.
May the tragedy at Penn State remind us of our human frailties and prompt us to remember a quote from a different source, Psalm 118: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”
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