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An Observation Of Inhumanity

Updated on October 21, 2013

Part 1

"Oh, it is such a beautiful day! I believe I will go to that hardware outlet up in the mountains and see the specials they have so I can fix my gate," the woman said to herself. She took herself to the older Mazda pickup that had been parked a few days and started it. Knowing the gas gauge didn't work, she contemplated how much fuel was in it. "Oh, there is surely enough to go there and back," she said. She backed the truck out of her drive where she lived in the pueblo of Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico and shifted the gears as she had for many years. The drive was beautiful. Flowers were blooming and birds were chirping. Arriving at the store on the edge of Trujillo Alto and Carolina, she looked around and didn't find the parts she desired. "Oh well, it was still a beautiful day for a drive," the woman told herself. "I have laundry to do though. I better go home."

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Part 2

"Oh, such a beautiful day," both Maggie and I exclaimed! Just days before, we had the Pastors of our church here to visit and they had brought tents for us to keep here. We have had a desire to be more involved with the activities of the church and we had many of the members come out before. With these tents, we can have Bible study or even worship services here. The day before, we had set the tents up and we decided to move them down to a flat spot on the property. We did this and as we sat inside the screen enclosure (see the picture), we felt the presence of God.

Maggie was on the phone with her daughter, as I made coffee. "We are out of drinking water," I proclaimed to the woman I love. We decided to go fill the jugs at a special place the pueblo of Carolina had made for people in the area to get clean water. We decided we would go ahead and visit Lastheart's daughter and other family members while we were out. We would drive the back route through the mountains. This is a scenic drive, but there are many curves and somewhat treacherous.

Part 3

The truck started puttering. The woman realized that she should have stopped at the gas station. No phone and no gas can, and here she was going up a mountain road and the truck is stalled. The tears and fear slipped into her mind. "What will I do?"

Cars and trucks slipped past her; no one stopping.

There have been cases of people stopping to help others and people running out with guns and robbing them. "Is this why no one will help," she asked herself.

The time kept rolling and cars, trucks and motorcycles sped past. No one could see the tears and her crying out for help.

"God please help!"

Part 4

"My goodness, there is a truck almost in the middle of this narrow road," I said to Maggie. We drove past and both of us looked over at the woman who had her head bowed and looked to be in trouble.

"Should we stop? Is she ok," we asked each other. I pulled the car over and Maggie yelled back in the native Spanish tongue used in Puerto Rico.

As Maggie talked with the woman, it was determined that she was out of fuel and she was concerned her brakes may give out if she tried to back in neutral down to a flat area, not to mention, when the power is off on a truck like this, the power steering is also out.

We thought on courses of action, as I waved vehicles around. We decided Maggie would go for gasoline and a gas can and the woman handed her a twenty dollar bill. I would guide traffic as my wife drove back to a gas station in the pueblo of Carolina.

My Study of Humanity

I started counting and looking at the types of vehicles that I waved by. No talking with the woman, as I only know English and she Spanish.

I counted and counted.

41 cars and trucks of many types and models.

3 big trucks hauling goods and materials.

3 school buses.

1 Church van with 3 people (2 men and 1 woman).

Not 1 of those vehicles asked if we needed help. Many sped by like we were a nuisance. 2 vehicles had people that yelled what seemed to be derogatory comments.

A church van not offering to help? 2 men inside?? We wonder why people are disheartened by so-called Christians?

Maggie pulled up and had spilled a bit of the gas in the car. The smell was extreme as I took the gas can from her. I put the gas in the truck and the woman attempted to start it. With the truck going up a mountain, the gas was not reaching the engine. Maggie had told the woman that I could back the truck while not running, and now she knew this would have to be. She got out of the truck and as I was getting in, Maggie said, "here comes police!" The cop drove by giving us dirty looks and didn't stop to ask.

I backed the truck down and started it. I drove it back up and we followed the woman to a gas station in Trujillo Alto. The car smelled of gas, but both Maggie and I felt a peace knowing we had done a good thing.

Now I have something to say. I need to yell it!

WHY DO YOU THINK GOD DESTROYED SODOM AND GOMORRAH? IT IS BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE THIS. ALL OVER THE WORLD, PEOPLE HAVE BECOME COLD AND CALLOUS.

A CHURCH VAN WITH MEN?

A POLICE CAR?

THAT IS WHAT GETS ME. POLITICS IN PUERTO RICO HAS EXCLAIMED THAT THE POLICE NEED TO BUILD THEIR REPUTATION BACK TO A BETTER STATUS. DO YOU THINK THEY ARE DOING THAT BY PASSING UP A SITUATION WHERE HELP IS NEEDED?

WHAT WILL YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED HELP AND PEOPLE BYPASS YOU?

Conclusion

We as humans need to help other humans.

Yes, bad things have happened when helping, but is that a good reason to quit helping? If we allow fear to win, we deserve to be destroyed.

C,mon people. Think and act like humans and not animals.

God is watching!

© G.L. Boudonck

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      revivor 

      5 years ago

      Brilliant!! Take every opportunity to do good...

    • teacherjoe52 profile image

      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning Froggy.

      Sorry to hear about your experiance. Unfortunatly it is all to common. Indeed how many Christians when they see a brother or sister in need insead of helping them gossip in whispers about them.

      I agree with MsDora. There are many unscrupulous people out there. As well be careful of the culture and laws. Here if you help someone you are responsable for the. That could mean ambulance bills, hospital bills,doctor bills and paying thier lost salary while they are hurt. Believe me it was hard to just walk by when I first got here but after seeing too many scams I am much more discreet before offering help.

      God heal you from this unfortunate experiance.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      What a good reminder and example of what it means to be a christian. It certainly isn't ignoring those that need help. I ask myself in situations that arise: What Would Jesus Do? Usually it is to help unless I feel something is fishy and threatens my safety. Thanks for a great true life example of what is the right thing to do. Blessings to you :-)

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you my friend and pastor--for those of you that do not know what my Pastor said here, this is Google's translation:

      That beautiful writing, Greg, is incredible to see how we live as nothing should matter, but we can do what others do and go to hell. So the Bible says that in the last days the love of many will grow cold. Because of sin. God continue to bless you, Maria and Greg, because God sees your heart and He will reward them for what they did, Keep it going brethren, God bless.

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      Pastor Carlos Morales 

      5 years ago

      Que precioso escrito, Gred, es increible ver como vivimos como que nada nos debe importar, sino hacer lo que podemos hacer y que los demas se vayan al infierno. Por eso la Biblia dice que en los ultimos tiempos el amor de muchos se enfriara. Por causa del pecado. Dios lo siga bendiciendo a ustedes, Maria y Gred, porque Dios ve sus corazones y El los recompensara por lo que hicieron, Pa lante hnos, Dios los bendiga.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I believe cops should ask at the very least. Thanks for reading honey.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      It was a good experience. I think that perhaps cops are in a position that if help is not asked for they prefer to stay back. Doing what we have to do is what counts. Great video and words used to say the event.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      I somewhat understand with just regular people, but as for the church van and the policia, I have issues. Thanks for reading Ms Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Froggy, I agree that people should be more compassionate. Still, I wouldn't judge the people who didn't stop. Remember there are also bad people who fake the need for help. Anyway, thanks for setting a god example. Also a good story!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you and may God's presence be felt among all!

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      shofarcall 

      5 years ago

      Hi Froggy, It does not matter where you go, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Europe. It is mostly the same story. There is no excuse for the church van or the police and I believe that for most of the others, it is their FEAR that holds them back from helping. Like you, I could not drive past someone in distress like that. But then, I know who walks alongside me. I do not fear. Ultimately, I know where I am going. I live in Africa and often stop to give people lifts etc. Oh well. One place I lived where no one drove past you, ever, was in the Highlands of Scotland, on the West Coast. Wonderful community spirit. God Bless. the tents look great. May you experience His presence there in abundance.

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