Split second reactions. Knee jerk reactions. How many times do we do this? How many times do we make a snap judgement about something we have seen or heard? More times than we would like to admit, I’m sure.
Now, how many times have we looked back and said, “Gee, maybe I didn’t know the whole story” or “I wish I hadn’t reacted that way”. Probably even more times!
With the fallout of the Sandusky grand jury report, the factual involvement of legendary coach Joe Paterno is a very sad thing to witness. The facts are there. He knew SOMETHING and did very little about it. Subsequently he was fired. What was the reaction of the students? Look at the above picture.
They rioted. They rioted because they were outraged at the firing of a man who knew another man was sexually assaulting young boys, and did not take the APPROPRIATE action. Now, I know that if MY head coach was fired, and I didn’t know all of the facts, I would be pretty PO’d and ready to stand up for said coach. That’s what the students did. I would like to believe that they were just “not informed” enough to know the FULL story at the time of the riots.
I’m sure, in time they will look back at this and say, “Gosh, maybe I shouldn’t have tipped over that van.” Students went to jail last night. They will have a scar on their record and the regret of a mindless action for the rest of their lives…..all because they made a snap judgement and got caught up in the moment.
Again…this is something we all do. Maybe this can serve as a wake-up call. I’m taking NOTHING away from the victims in this scenario. Rather, I’m looking at, and treating it as such, a separate incident. The riots and the damage are a blaring example of a “worst case scenario” of snap judgement.
So, bring it home. Take it down. Examine your glass and see if there are times that you committed the same harsh judgement, maybe without cause. When something happens, don’t judge…think. Examine. Once you’ve seen it from at least one other point of view, then react. More and more, if that happens, mistakes won’t happen and regrets won’t be made.
The riots yesterday made me lose a bit of faith in humanity….until I realized that they just weren’t thinking. It doesn’t excuse it, but it sort of explains it. Hopefully this can serve as a reminder of what can happen.