From David Brooks in NY Times Op-Ed: First came the atrocity, then came the vanity. The atrocity is what Jerry Sandusky has been accused of doing at Penn State. The vanity is the outraged reac­tion of a zillion commen­ta­tors over the past week, whose indig­na­tion is based on the assump­tion that if they had been in Joe Paterno’s shoes, or assis­tant coach Mike McQueary’s shoes, they would have behaved better. They would have taken action and stopped any sexual assaults.

Unfor­tu­nately, none of us can safely make that assump­tion. Over the course of history — during the Holo­caust, the Rwandan geno­cide or the street beat­ings that happen in Amer­ican neigh­bor­hoods — the same pattern has emerged. Many people do not inter­vene. Very often they see but they don’t see. · Go to Let’s all feel supe­rior →