a reflection of us

January 30th, 2009

This just proves my point of how we can be conditioned to accept anything as normal, regardless of how freaking wrong.  But as my thought process continued, I began to question my initial reaction of…see, this is what’s wrong with the world today!  I wondered if it was mainly due to having the vantage point of seeing why and how this took place?  It’s not like I’ve never consciously ignored a homeless person laid out on the pavement before…which is unfortunately quite normal in New York City. 

The humanitarian in me is inspired to do better!!!  How about you?

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  • 1. leandra  |  January 30th, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    In cities, people are scared and so much nonsense goes on regularly that we do overlook things, sometimes as a way of protecting ourselves, but sometimes as a way of maintaining our self-involvement.

    I can’t say that if I saw a man sprawled out on the ground I’d call or help; I believe I might have the same sense of “what do you want me to do?” that these people had. HOWEVER, the people who should really be examined are the ones who were standing around LOOKING at the man, aware of what happened and what was happening. The passersby are really less at fault.

    This is merely an example of what happens when you’re in your own world. There are so many other examples of when we could reach out and help, but we choose not to intervene and give all that’s required: a little.

  • 2. leandra  |  January 30th, 2009 at 5:02 PM

    I’m led to believe that when you know better, you do better…but that isn’t always the case. Maybe not even usually the case. :-/

  • 3. iamjennmarie  |  February 1st, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Honestly, if I saw that man laying there, I’d probably just glance and keep walking for the simple fact that nobody else was paying attention to him so it wouldn’t appear that serious to me.

    Now if I saw him get hit or pushed, then that’s a different story.

    I guess that’s just the result of living in the city.

  • 4. M.Fantu  |  February 4th, 2009 at 12:47 AM

    Wow… Im not perfect. Im no angel…. but why in the world wouldnt anybody pick up their celly and make a free 911 call. i understand not giving the dude CPR. I understand not touching him, or getting involved. But WTF! 911 is free.

    “Hello 911″

    “Yes hi. A man appears to be knocked out cold on 124th and Lennox. Send an ambulance”


    What kind of world do we live in… Maybe its just the American way.

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