As it is the Blogathon, I’ll be posting here every day in June. Sundays are lazy days for me, and today was no different. The Twitterverse I follow was mostly talking about the Phillies game, which I was watching, and a few folks retweeting the latest news and thoughts about ongoing investigations and new lawsuits that involve the University, based on the Sandusky matter.
I, though, was thinking more about the homily my priest gave this morning. It was about nouns and verbs. Seriously. The Gospel was the loaves and fishes story, where Jesus said to give the masses food (the noun), but then proceeded to feed them (the verb). He talked more along those lines in living a good life, that we have to focus on the actions that make the nouns useful. It is semantics, but words are important.
“I wish I would have done more.” The press and others like to pull out those words spoken by Joe during the craziness following 11/9. They forget the part where he mentions the benefit of hindsight. Don’t we all wish that we would have done more with the benefit of hindsight, in all areas of our lives. Look at all of those folks in Cleveland, after those young women were freed, who said that in hindsight, they wished they would have done X or Y. Or after any fatal rampage — how many say they wish they would have done more, knowing what they know now, that they could have stopped a tragedy. As they say, hindsight is 20/20. We have perfect clarity once we see what we missed.
We don’t know what Joe knew or what he understood or what went on his brain. We’ll never know. We do know he provided food for certain administrative members, but they didn’t feed the masses.
Truth is, we all like to think we’d take action — at least with the benefit of hindsight. The other truth is, hindsight is just a noun and you can never make it a verb.