I was reading with absolute amazement the fact that Penn State had actually immortalised Joe Paterno so much he even had a statue dedicated to him while alive! A statue for a living human being? If that's not enough to turn one's head and make one feel arrogant, important, powerful and above the law, nothing else is.
The problem with that kind of iconic idolising is that humans tend to have feet of clay and once they are given absolute power, it often goes to their heads. And that's what happened to this gentleman, it seems. 46 years in position, and being lord and master of all he surveyed, meant that he gradually decided what was important not just for the sport but for the whole university: and little boys being raped and abused were too minor for his attention. Not worth his time of day, and couldn't be allowed to sully the good name of his college. So he filed it under 'Insignificant', and carried on business as usual.
The tragedy is that one senses lots of other Joe Paternos across America because, being a competitive society, people appear to be nobodies if they have no money, haven't been to one of the top colleges, aren't lawyers or they are not at the top of their tree. There is a lot of idolising going on in various spheres. And why is that? I am asking. Is it because there are no king and queen and so various people have to be elevated to fill the void?
What's the real reason for such human idols?
Help me out here! :o)