In Perspective

Every month or so another news story brings to mind a basic question I pose in my novel: Should we be judged by the worst thing we may have done in our lives? Joe Paterno at Penn State not pursuing sex abuse allegations against a former coach. Gen. Petraeus, director of the CIA, carrying on an affair with his biographer. Their distinguished careers seem to count for little once they are snared in the 24-hour news cycle that thrives on scandal.


  • Gamegal

    I think it entirely depends on what the “worst” thing they ever did is. Having an affair? That’s between the man and his wife. Turning a blind eye and not protecting dozens of kids from life-affecting abuse? That entirely changes my opinion of who the man was.

  • GHarrar

    I agree, the nature of the “worst” thing makes all the difference…