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After the Penn State report was released the other day many people wondered how Joe Paterno, known not only for his talents as a top college football coach but also as an ethical, decent, and good human being, could have not done more to protect children in the now famous Penn State sex abuse scandal. How could "JoePa" have erred on the side of protecting the good name of Penn State rather than helping the sexually abused victims?
The Joe Paterno and Penn State story well illustrate the notion that people are much more complicated than we usually think. There are so many examples of this truth that we read about in the press. Think Bill Clinton, John Edwards, OJ Simpson, Mel Gibson, and Michael Jackson to just name a few. Additionally, think of people in your life too. I'm sure that you could come up with countless examples yourself.