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Heartless…are we this way?

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,

Cheers!!!

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    Towards Harmony
    October 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I so feel what you say. I get depressed everyday reading the newspaper. All over the world the trend is people are becoming more violent, more aggressive and care lesser and lesser about each other.

    Have you read Lord of the Flies – William Golding?
    It is the story of humanity and its evolution as a society – it is depressing but whenever I think of the state of the world we live in, I think the author so had a point.

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    Towards Harmony
    October 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I so feel what you say. I get depressed everyday reading the newspaper. All over the world the trend is people are becoming more violent, more aggressive and care lesser and lesser about each other.

    Have you read Lord of the Flies – William Golding?
    It is the story of humanity and its evolution as a society – it is depressing but whenever I think of the state of the world we live in, I think the author so had a point.

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    Kunal
    October 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I somewhat agree to this bystander effect…I have witnessed two incidents in recent times…though not as major as you described above…so that it cost a life..It was small, a person fell from stairs..hurt her leg..but no one bothered to ask her if she is fine or needs help..and another a small bike accident…but…yes..the good samaritans may be few and far between..but they do exist..and I am telling this from my personal experience… they are mentioned here –

    http://fromdevilsworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/08/12-sept-1997.html
    http://fromdevilsworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/07/two-events.html

    These are a bit long…so..you can take a look , if you have time…
    (And no..I am not advertising for the link…just trying to get a perspective on what you wrote)

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    Kunal
    October 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I somewhat agree to this bystander effect…I have witnessed two incidents in recent times…though not as major as you described above…so that it cost a life..It was small, a person fell from stairs..hurt her leg..but no one bothered to ask her if she is fine or needs help..and another a small bike accident…but…yes..the good samaritans may be few and far between..but they do exist..and I am telling this from my personal experience… they are mentioned here –

    http://fromdevilsworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/08/12-sept-1997.html
    http://fromdevilsworkshop.blogspot.com/2011/07/two-events.html

    These are a bit long…so..you can take a look , if you have time…
    (And no..I am not advertising for the link…just trying to get a perspective on what you wrote)

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    Bikram
    October 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    YEs you are so very right.  heartless is everywhere around us .. i wish we can see it though… 

    Bikram’s

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    Bikram
    October 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    YEs you are so very right.  heartless is everywhere around us .. i wish we can see it though… 

    Bikram’s

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    Titaxy
    October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    this is so heartbreaking 🙁

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    Titaxy
    October 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    this is so heartbreaking 🙁

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    Pranab
    October 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Well, to be honest, this is something we rea about everyday in our newspapers. Each time I do, I cannot but help feel that it is something more than JUST the Bystander Effect. 

    From my own life, one similar event: we were going on a long drive and beside the highway there was a man thrashing about (apparently in pain). Evening was closing in fast and the winter day was fading out… I asked the driver to pull over so that I could go over and check what was wrong. He said that it might be someone who is ill and needs a doc, but it might as well be a con for a group of bandits to jump us and loot us. Since I was carrying considerable amount of cash, I decided to play it safe and drive away. 

    It works both ways I guess…

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    Pranab
    October 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Well, to be honest, this is something we rea about everyday in our newspapers. Each time I do, I cannot but help feel that it is something more than JUST the Bystander Effect. 

    From my own life, one similar event: we were going on a long drive and beside the highway there was a man thrashing about (apparently in pain). Evening was closing in fast and the winter day was fading out… I asked the driver to pull over so that I could go over and check what was wrong. He said that it might be someone who is ill and needs a doc, but it might as well be a con for a group of bandits to jump us and loot us. Since I was carrying considerable amount of cash, I decided to play it safe and drive away. 

    It works both ways I guess…

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    Priyanka Victor
    October 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    You have it right when you say ‘we are just glad it’s not us’
    We’re ready to sacrifice the whole world, as long as it’s not us or our own.

    The incident about the baby is sad, in every sense of the word:(

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    Priyanka Victor
    October 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

    You have it right when you say ‘we are just glad it’s not us’
    We’re ready to sacrifice the whole world, as long as it’s not us or our own.

    The incident about the baby is sad, in every sense of the word:(

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