Posts Tagged ‘humanity’

I question humanity sometimes, I really do. Two men in Bowie, Maryland are wanted for stealing money from the Girl Scouts after reportedly asking them how much their cookies were. Seriously? The Girl Scouts? You’re that much of a panzy that you have to go and steal from the Girl Scouts? It would be one thing maybe if you stole from a bunch of Eagle Scouts because at least some of them are adult men, but ten-year-old girls, really?

There’s a group of young Boy Scouts that sell their popcorn in front of my store in the mall who literally guard their cash box with their entire lives. Not to mention, they have a really scary lady troop leader who Chuck Norris might even be afraid of. Perhaps, it should be the goal of every Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop in America not just to sell the best snacks in the country, but also to be lead by scary troop leaders. Did I mention she walks around with a walking stick? Bitch looks crazy, but at least she wards off thieves.

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[[Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this post, Yue has succumbed to her injuries and passed away early Friday morning in China.]]

Two-year-old Wang Yue was critically injured after being hit by two vehicles within a span of several minutes in Foshan, China on Oct. 13. No one stopped to help her, though it is visible in footage from nearby surveillance cameras that several people walked by her between and after the two incidents.

Passers-by were criticized heavily for not stopping to help. I think instead of criticizing them automatically, it’s much more effective to question why they acted in that way. Basic human nature would seem to be more likely to drive us to help others, but I may be wrong about that premise.

Historically, there have been cases like the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese in March 1964, in which people stood by as a despicable crime happened. In the case of Kitty Genovese, that reaction has become known as the bystander effect. However, I don’t think that’s applicable in the case of this two-year-old. It seems more likely that no one stopped to help this little girl because they were afraid it was a scam or they feared being accused of contributing to her injuries and thus incurring partial liability.

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