I am sitting here stunned by the lack of humanity in the world right now. No, not because of the current President of the United States, or even the Nike controversy.
But instead, I’m stunned because of the events in my personal life that I watched unfold yesterday.
I was driving to the grocery store – a regularly occurring event in my life. Typically it is a rather boring outing, but a necessary one.
As I was stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn, I noticed a middle-aged man who was out for a run suddenly collapsed. He appeared to crumple to the ground, grabbing his arm and chest.
I immediately assumed he was having a heart attack.
As I was sitting in the middle of the intersection, I safely made my left-hand turn then immediately pulled over and ran to him. Now, I know am not the person you want at your aid in the moment of a medical distress, but I am rather confident that I know how to dial 911. So, I thought the least I could do is see if he was okay and call 911 for help.
By the time I got to him, 1 other pedestrian, a little old lady probably in her 90s, was jogging over to him.
He was sitting up at this point, and still holding his arm/chest. Between the little old lady and myself, we quickly ascertained that he had tripped and fell. The impact of the fall hurt his shoulder. He was not having a heart attack and he assured me he was able to walk home. I think his ego was bruised more then his shoulder.
But here’s what get’s me. I was not the only one in the intersection at the time. But, I was the only car who stopped.
In fact, there was probably over 10 cars who witnessed what I witnessed. Which means at least 10 people, if not more, saw this unfold.
How could 10+ people drive past what was clearly an injured person? What is our world coming to? Were people just afraid to stop because it meant they could hurt him more? Or were people unwilling to stop because it would mean they’d be late for something they deemed more important then someone else’s life?
I guess, rather then focusing on the sad part of humanity, I should be thankful there are still little old ladies out there trying to help people in need. I guess, if my kid or my husband or my parents are the ones ever in need, I just better hope that one of the good people are nearby to help.
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