We all want to move on, but ...
Our fundamental civil rights are tenuous and fragile. If we do not defend them, we risk losing them. If we do not defend the civil rights of others, we risk losing our own. Our fundamental rights have costs, even in the 21st century.
The University Park Undergraduate Association’s decision on a Penn State trustee’s resolution regarding the Freeh investigation is interesting. The sentiment to “stop dwelling on the dark period of Penn State’s history” and moving on is disquieting.
An education is more than a calculus equation, string theory or tomes on Greek philosophy. There are greater lessons. Before us is one of these great lessons. Our fundamental rights contain fairness, justice and due process and require the search for the truth.
Why? Why not complete an investigation that was begun?
Why actively request a void of information? Why shouldn’t we move forward to understand what happened, how it happened and how to ensure it does not happen again? Ignorance has never led to accomplishment or success. Truth and knowledge do.
Don’t easily give up your brief years of idealism. Life will do that to you. A young cynic is dreadful to imagine. The world needs the energy of youthful idealism and the uncompromising search for truth.
We should move on and continue the wonderful work our university does in education and finding truth. However, we shouldn’t ‘move on’ because we are uncomfortable with a situation or because we’d rather not understand it.
Ryan J. McCombie
The writer is a Penn State trustee.