I am very disappointed that all of those people walked past a man in need of help. As a society we are very much in the frame of mind that we should mind our own business. Well, under normal situations, I would agree. But if I see someone in true need, I will step in. I'm not saying I would be a hero and jump in the middle of something but a call to the police is an easy thing to do. When all of these people were walking past this poor man there was no threat. Why wouldn't they get him help? The fact that he was bleeding was clear, especially to the man who picked up his head and shook him.
Are we all so wrapped up in our own lives that we can't take the time to help another? This isn't the only time something like this has happened. This happens so often that there is actually a term for this phenomenon: the bystander effect. The bystander effect theory states that the more people who witness an emergency then the less likely they are to react. If there are very few witnesses to an event, then the likely hood of a witness helping is higher. Why is this? Well, peer pressure plays a big rule in this phenomena. If there is a large group of people but no one is reacting to an event then people feel that a reaction is unwarranted or inappropriate. Another reason, is that in a larger group the pressure to react is smaller there is the belief that someone else will react if an individual does not. Basically, we are all waiting for someone else to step up and take charge.
I can understand these theories and how they could play out. But at some level, our sense of humanity is missing. Although we are all caught up in our lives, we are still part of a community, a nation, and a world. Somewhere along the way, I think we are loosing our empathy to others. It's sad to think of this poor man laying there for all that time in need of help. It's sad when you think that tragedy happens everyday to everyone and that man was someone's loved one. Any of those 20 people who walked passed that man would be outraged if it had been someone they know and loved. I hope this story makes people more aware but I'm afraid it won't.
I really try not to judge people and know that things always look different to the person in the situation. However, to me this is so basic. A man is bleeding on a sidewalk... there shouldn't be a question about the right thing to do. We all try to be generous and have our causes that we support. When my mom was sick, I was overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and family. Is it possible that's its easier to write a check to a cause then to actually help an individual who is suffering? Everyone of those people had the power to save a life today. What does everyone else think?