The running over of a 2-yr old child in China while people did nothing (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … China.html )is the latest example of something going horribly wrong with humanity. No one seems to care anymore. It's not limited to one particular country either, in 2009 in a NY subway a woman was raped screaming for help but the person in the ticket booth didn't do anything to help other than inform police. While not expecting the person to physically interfere as he wasn't trained for that situation, the victim claimed he at least could have used the public address system to try scare off the attacker (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30105703/ … p95cJuBrqH).
Are society's or humanity's sense of values deteriorating? Is it everyone for himself/herself now? I'd really love and hope to be proven wrong and I am really interested to hear your views and comments. Thank you.
Well firstly we live in a cruel world, secondly right wing papers like the Daily Mail help perpetuate hatred and racism two consequences of a cruel world - As for good Samaritans there are plenty around the world fighting for justice and equality (occupy Wall St. Haiti aid workers ,Egyptians,Greeks etc). The ones that are in it for themselves tends to be politicians,bankers and financial speculators. Child cruelty and neglect is abhorrent but I didn't see the Daily Mail illustrate this when covering those evictions of travellers at Dale Farm - I can't imagine the fear in those kids watching police drag their parents away. Rape is an appalling crime and if that ticket guy did nothing shame on him but witnessing such an horrific event would trigger all sorts of emotions. Personally I would have tried to stop the attacker but we're all different. My advice to you is to take whatever the Daily Mail says with a pinch of salt particularly if you want a clearer understanding of the level of humanity in this world.
From what I have come to realize is that more and more, people are scared. A nugget of fear has planted itself in our minds. We get paralyzed from this fear whenever faced with violence and trauma. People get dumbfounded, puzzled, anxious and confused when faced with certain situations. In many cases after the incident, these people who "did nothing", will find themselves overcome with guilt for doing nothing. I don't think it's lack of humanity, I think it's lack of courage.
I would agree in respect of western society that has been boiled in fear by its politicians for so long - however the Chinese example is slightly different in that the whole country is debating it and how to stop it happening again. Universities are debating it etc and if things go as they normally do there will be a change so that these things do not happen again. This is a far cry from the fear and hate mongering that western politicians will make out of every western incident instead of providing proper moral leadership and getting the issues fixed.
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