"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
I think that the mean, xenophobic, narrow fear-mongering that was previously an irritant has become more intense and pervasive as our acceptance of "cutthroat" behavior and praise of violent military fury as somehow instructive of national "successfulness". I fear that a mistaken corporate posture has bled into our general psyche. However, examples of smart heroes are still "distant" from our prevailing self-image and alien to our popular attitude (Alphas?). Therefore, intellectual prowess can be disparaged and artistic/inventive purposes found suspicious. Nevertheless, although lessening opportunity to do harm is one of the reasons law (Constitution) is made/set and reasonable registration and moderation of civilian firearms has nothing to do with sport or safety, power by intimidation overcomes our better senses. "Massacres" of "enemies" nor the defeat of competitors should be celebrated by the heroic (exceptional?). - "never shot a man just to see him fall" (western movie quote), unless I was video-gaming.
I agree with all of the punishments of Penn State University football except stripping the players of their championships - although the coaches, fans and school officials were obsessed with winning and ignored a sexual predator in their midst - because competition is a personal and internal struggle for each member of the team (none of whom probably knew about the extracurricular activities of Sandusky), nor were they "easy prey' who could have testified to abuses. The people who did know were coaches, staff and administration (perhaps police and social services, who were warned by the parents of small kids being treated abusively), and the heavy fine, reduced scholarships and ban from post-season (TV) status are appropriate, I think.
Ideally speaking; possible worlds are not visited by sailing away from safe shores, they are only found by 'might' of reason and fleeting attention to incoherent events. We are all victims of the actuality we can find and strangers in a familiar history. Predictive happiness is achieved with great effort and prudence.