I am sure many of you have heard or read about the story of the Chinese toddler earlier this week. Two year old Yue yue was hit by a van and the driver apparently did not stop. But then, as she lay there injured in the middle of the road, there were passers by who walked around her and another vehicle driving over her. No one helped. Until a street cleaner finally was the one to pay attention and get help. As of today, Yue yue is dead.
Following this incident which seemed to be a global issue, there have been people questioning China’s morality.
But I believe this could happen in several countries with a similar response.
For one thing, research in the 60s talked about bystander effect. The more people there are witnessing an incident, the less the chances of someone actually intervening. I will admit that others may argue people witnessing this incident were not in a group. But it’s possible the same mentality exists — someone else will come along and do something. Why should I?
But more importantly, I think society in general across the globe is desensitised. We see people dying every day on TV. It doens’t affect us any more because we all are probably just grateful it’s not us. Things happen in other countries. They don’t happen to us. So what is another injured adult or toddler? Just like someone we watch in the movies or on TV. Someone else who is injured.
Don’t think I am in any way condoning any of the above. But yes, I do believe mankind has become pretty heartless. And yes, I am cynical enough to think the good samaritans are few and far between.
In a situation like this one, by intervening the little toddler could have lived. All a person would have to do is call an ambulance. Understandably, there are situations which people witness and would not want to intervene (such as a watching someone getting bashed). But again, in most cases, calling emergency services would probably suffice.
Is it ironic that in a day and age where it is so much easier to contact emergency services with almost every individual having a mobile phone, fewer people probably do it?
So in short, it’s not just the Chinese who need to take a hard look at themselves. The people on their high horses also need to take a good look at themselves and their own backyards.
Because trust me, heartlessness is more widespread than we would like to believe.
Until next time,