Someone I admire committed horrible crimes.
June 21, 2014 8:25 AM Subscribe
This question is about a professor I had in college. The crime in question involves child porn.
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I had this teacher about 7 years ago when I was in college. I was about 18-19 at the time, and everyone loved this prof. He always had a twisted sense of humour, but was one of those gems that really make you think critically, evaluate your own writing, and come to a greater understanding of whatever text you're studying.
His arrest took place some time in the past two weeks.
I really enjoyed his selection of texts, and I think he had an effect on my developing taste in terms of works of art. His courses helped me build the foundation for university studies and he put a lot of time and effort into providing individualized constructive criticism for each of our essays.
I hope it's not selfish of me to feel this way but I just... feel like this is such a mindfuck and I don't know what to do. It seems like all that I've learned from his is somehow a sham now and I feel almost disgusted to think that I may have been so influenced and affected by his choice of works and his interpretations.
At the same time, I can't deny that he was a fantastic teacher. When I first heard the news--- before it really sunk in-- my first thought was of sympathy that such a great man's life is now ruined. Before I came to my senses I considered writing to him to let him know how sorry I was that this was happening and to thank him for his good work at the school. This is crazy, right? Child porn/abuse is probably the one of the worst possible crimes a human being can commit.
I hope this question doesn't come across as selfish- I know I am only tangentially related to the situation and that the pain others closer are feeling must be enormous.
How do I fully digest this news? Should I be reevaluating all my memories of this guy and trying to change my view of him? Should I be throwing away all the essays I kept?