Picture the scene………………….
Your on your way home from the usual busy, and depressing day at work. As per your routine you wait for and then take the number 5 bus home. Sitting there daydreaming listening to your choice of MP3 player you think you can hear raised voices from behind you. As you turn around you witness the beginnings of a violent fracas; a young woman is being attacked by four other young people.
What will you do?
It is a moment everyone surely dreads; seeing the unbelievable happening right there, right then in public, and for you to bear witness to.
It is a moral dilemma; ignore it and ‘walk’ away or confront the situation, intervene and say ‘NO’!
After all it isn’t YOU they are harming, YOUR not under threat. It isn’t YOUR business, YOU have enough on your own plate. It could well be that young woman DESERVES those punches she is receiving.
What makes a person intervene or walk away?
Why is it when people are being attacked it is better to shout ‘fire’ to alert and raise the alarm to solicit help, then the actual words ‘help me please’!
‘Help’, does it always fall on deaf ears? Yet, not just the word help, but seeing that someone requires help; YOUR HELP.
Can we all so easily turn our backs on those who are being attacked, mugged, harassed verbally abused, pushed and shoved or whatever??
Where did our solitary as human beings go? What happened to rob us of our outrage, of our sympathy, of our heart and souls?
When a herd of Buffalo are attacked by wolves, they will actually band together, regroup and turn on the aggressor, the threat that is hurting one of their own.
Yet us humans don’t often share their mentality.
We say that the ‘bad’ people of the world act like animals, no they don’t; because animals look after their own. Animals protect the vulnerable in their groups and fight back; not walk away.
Could it be then that humans alone are the exclusive owners of the ‘selfish gene’? We call this self preservation, it might be, but if you aren’t in mind to protect your own species, how then can it ever survive?
Yet, all is not lost.
There are some amongst us who will take the part of the guardian Angel’s in our time of need. Sometimes these Angel’s come in unexpected guises; elderly people walking past, teenagers sitting on a train, and even a young women walking her dog.
So, what makes some people not accept or tolerate others being harmed in their presence?
What is it that makes some people fight back and defend others they don’t even know; regardless of the danger it could pose to themselves?
What separates them from the rest of the herd????????
What do you think about intervening in a crime???
WOULD YOU INTERVENE??? HAVE YOU INTERVENED???
OR, maybe you wish you had??
PERHAPS, you or someone YOU know has been subject to a crime where no-one helped??????
What DO YOU THINK MAKES US react as we do to these extraordinary events????????