“I am thrilled about Bill Cosby being convicted.”
That’s just one of the many happy tweets I’ve seen the last couple of days. There’s so much joy out there! Some are “in celebration”, with one merrymaker attaching multiple tears-of-joy emojis to his tweet about the prospect of Bill Cosby dying in prison.
Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday. It’s a somewhat controversial verdict but, for the sake of this discussion, let’s assume that justice was served. That’s a good thing. How should you react? With delight and humor, as so many have?
How you feel and what you say about someone is determined by what you think of him. It’s easier to celebrate Cosby’s downfall if you keep him at such a distance that you cease to think of him as a human being.
Let me be clear: I am not saying that this conviction isn’t good and right; it’s always good and right when justice is served. My concern is the downright glee that some people are expressing toward the undoing of a fellow human being.
Why does it matter?
Bill Cosby probably doesn’t follow you on Twitter, so what difference does it make what you think, how you feel, and what you say about him? It matters because of what it says about your heart. Maybe it seems like no big deal, but what’s in your heart toward others is one of the biggest deals ever.
If you rightly think of Cosby as a fellow human being who has shattered his life by hurting others, you will rightly react to his verdict and punishment — not with delight and amusement — but with sober satisfaction and sadness.
What you think of Bill Cosby matters, because it says so much about you.
⇒ Those are my thoughts on the matter. I’d love to hear yours. Just leave a reply below.