Friday, June 6, 2008

What has happened?

What has happened to people? People have become so calloused that they refuse to help their fellow man.
In Hartford CT last Friday, a man was hit a car and left lying in the street.One car that saw the crime stopped for a bit and then pulled back out into traffic and left. A person on a scooter circled the man and drove off while a crowd slowly gathers by looking at the man in the street. No one helps. No one calls 911. A police car finally arrives but he was not called for this.
There is no excuse for no one helping. Does life mean so little to people? What if that had been you? Or your father or husband, wife, child? Have people become so selfish, so calloused that they cannot or will not help someone? How much could it hurt to move your finger and call 911 at the very least? I will make a bet that someone that saw it happen or saw this man in the street did call a friend and say you won't believe what I just saw.
Would I have helped? Yes I would have. I have stopped many a times and helped at an accident  before help arrived. Sometimes I did nothing more than comfort someone that was crying and scared. Other times I had to deal with blood and genuine hurt. At least twice there was someone dead. 
People say that that they don't stop because they might get sued. Yea that is is a possibility, some people are sue happy, most people aren't. And then there is that, oh I would  not know what to do. Many times all that is needed is reassurance that help is on its way. What if there is blood? What if there are broken bones? What if they are dead? What if what if what if. WHAT IF IT WAS YOU?

13 comments:

  1. If our moral compass has to be, 'what if it was you?', then so be it.  If that's what it takes to get a person to help another in need, so be it.  I like to think that we, any of us would help, just because another needs help.

    It's shameful and disgusting that society is so callous and uncaring.

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  2. I saw that on the news and I couldnt believe it. Couldnt they at least go comfort him? sometimes I think this world is going to hell.
    I get upset if I hit a bird or a squirrel.

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  3. I saw this on the news just a little while ago and it is terrible. I know the feeling. My husband had a heart attack in the car and we had a wreck. People were in a big circle around us not helping. Terrible feeling. Finally a fireman arrived who was in traffic and couldn't get there but saw it happen. When he started helping other people did too. I guess like you say they don't know what to do or are afraid. Paula

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  4. riverdaughter196June 6, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    I saw this on the news and was horrified.  I couldn't believe that no one would even call 911.  You don't have to give your name when you call.  You don't have to get involved.  But you could at least call for help.

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  5. I dont know what is wrong with people these days!! I would have stopped too. People are alwasy taking advantage of good people all the time. I guess people just get hardened and cold. I am trying so hard not to become that way. I have been really hurt by people recently who really have taken advantage of me. I would help someone again. I dont even know what to say. It is really awful...Christine

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  6. There is a law called "The Good Samaritan Law" that prevents a person who helps from being sued. I'm just sickened by this.  I don't get it at all.
    Pam

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  7. Does it make me part of the problem that I was not even slightly surprised by this story?  Sad -- but not surprised.

    Russ

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  8. omg! hearing this is awful. Iam trying to raise my boys right and to do the right thing....it is so hard when there are so many idiots out there who only care about themselves....

    read the below post-Im glad to hear Pat is home :)

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  9. Yeah, it pissed me off, and it sucks.  Such is life.  I hate that it has come to this, but it has.  If you get hurt, I'll stop.  I often stop, unless I see that emergency vehicles have already arrived.  I even give $1 to folks begging.  Call me  a sucker, but I can't stand to think that I didn't help.

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  10. This was so sickening it was unreal.....I thank God for the people who stopped and helped my daughter when she flipped her truck and when she wrecked her mustang...Maybe because we live in a small town down south, or maybe because God was watching over her...I don't know...but I hope I never become as self centered and sinful as these people seemed to be.
    love ya,
    carlene

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  11. ally123130585918June 7, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Celeste this is just so awful ~ how could anyone have ignored someone in trouble ~ and needing help ~ it would have been so easy to call for help ~ what is happening to our world ~ Ally x

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  12. I saw that and was horrified.  I don't see how anyone could just pass on by.
    Lori

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  13. When I was much younger I was walking and saw a man who had been hit, badly, by a car. He had been on a motorcycle. Police had been called, an ambulance was on the way. He was alone. I just sat near him, and waited with him until the ambulance came. I was able to offer nothing but comfort, but was more than happy to do it. We talked while we waited - I hope he ended up OK. I was only a teenager, but I could not have left him alone and injured. Someone else surely did - probably the guy who hit him.

    I don't get it either. At least use the freaking cell phone and make a simple call!!

    xoxo

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