What Is Wrong With Us?
Several months ago, an unfortunate video went viral. It showed a woman who was getting severely beat up after a disagreement over a McDonalds order. She was helped by one: her toddler who tried to stop the quarrel by yelling, “leave my mommy alone”, and then bravely started to kick the attacker. The woman who was enraged and violent, then threatened to kick the boy in the face.
I realize that in light of all of the larger stories happening now, this seems like a blip. Here is the catch - there were a dozen people standing by, watching, but no one tried to help. Even when the little boy put himself in danger. Yet, they could capture it all on their phones. Nothing like a “great” fighting video that will be seen by millions. Oh, the draw of those 15 minutes of fame.
What is happening to us? Placing a video above a woman’s life is pure evil. What word could better describe that scene? As the camera scans, there were many with smiles on their faces. What the hell were they smiling at?
Chivalry, though not completely dead, is in danger of extinction. No doubt, this was probably their story to tell for many days, maybe even weeks. I wonder, did they sound excited as they described the events that took place? Did anybody ask them if they helped?
I wish I could inquire what kept them from helping this defenseless woman, not trying once to keep her from possible death. Don’t misunderstand me, I do not know how to fight, and I hate getting hit, but I would like to believe I would have at least tried. So why didn’t they?
It is almost as if social status has taken priority over human kindness. A single person’s bad luck can’t hold back the need to be recognized. Where have our souls gone? We are empty on the inside. Our hearts have gone dark, hardened with hate. The cobwebs are so thick that sunlight fails to make it through the tangled mess we have made of our world.
Spirituality is making a comeback because in the deepest part of ourselves, we have realized how far off track we have drifted. We are becoming numb and our world is becoming a dangerous place to reside. Teach our kids the meaning of right and wrong and never let ourselves be that guy on the sidelines while another is begging for help.
Join me while I drop to my knees and beg God - any God - to help us. Let’s all strive to be the best person we can be. This starts by putting your phone in your pocket, rolling up your sleeves, and stepping in when someone needs you. True, you may miss out on the video of the minute, but I would rather let it pass than to look another in the eye and explain why I didn’t render aid. I may get bruised, but I will stand wrapped in dignity. Believe me, the “thank you” will be the reward. It will be enough. It always is.
Be kind and tell those you love just how much you do. Lets talk again tomorrow. I will bring the coffee. Ruth