Saturday, 17 November 2012
The other day, whilst riding my bike in London I came across a surprising sight. A man had collapsed in the road with his head towards the oncoming cars and his legs extended towards the pavement. It was a bright day, cars and people were passing him by constantly yet no-one stopped. Disgusting.
I backed up my bike, called an ambulance and tried to speak to the man on the floor until they arrived. Apparently, in London a couple days ago a similar scenario happened where a man collapsed (can't verify if the collapse was genuine or not) but still, nobody came to his aid. This took place at a busy, safe and well lit underground train station. People just continued on their journey, some even stepping over him.
How were they to know if he was faking it or not? What threat could he have posed? What would they have risked just to ask this man if he was OK?
During the Nazi era, hundreds of innocent people put their lives on the line by helping to hide Jews in order to stop them from being killed. Most of you may remember the story of Ann Frank, who was hidden for many years under the protection of dutch citizens in occupied Holland. How about Oscar Schindler, who also protected many Jews during this time at a great personal risk.
There are many more high profile examples from different places and periods in history where people risked everything just to help strangers. Today, we can't even break our stride for 2 mins to get help for someone, even with no risk involved!
What would it take for you to stop and enquire if someone is lying on the floor or who has just collapsed? I can understand if you are on a dark street late at night in a dodgy neighbourhood but that doesn't stop you from calling the police/ambulance for help, does it?
What in the world has happened to the mentality of people today?
What do you expect would happen if you fell ill on the streets?
Has anything like this ever happened to you?
If you have ever walked past a collapsed person, what was the reason why you didn't you stop?
I'd love to hear your views, comments and opinions on any of this.