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Aiding The Fallen

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Marilyn M (145)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 5:07 am
Noted. Thank you for posting, Kenneth.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 5:42 am

I love the show, "What Would You Do?" Kenneth!

Thanks for posting this.

[If this comment appears twice, it's due to latency at Care2. I thought I submitted it minutes ago.]


Kenneth L (314)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:17 am
Hi Carole and Marilyn, thanks for your comments. Yes latency....I had to try 3 times before this story finally posted.
I think it's a great show too with John Quinones. Big guy, ethical and lots of integrity.

Michela M (3964)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 6:40 am
Thanks Kenneth!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sandi C (98)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 7:07 am
thanks kennenth.

Lynn S (235)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 7:27 am
Often we don't know what we will do until we are confronted.

About 2 yr ago, I took a deposit to the bank after church. There, in the bank's ATM and commercial drop vestibule, was a young man with several heavy coats and sweaters on curled up on the floor out of the winter wind. After dropping the deposit, I tried to rouse him. He finally woke up and we had a short conversation before he started falling asleep again. I went across to a grocery store, bought him a hot chicken pie, a sandwich, fruit and milk and took it back to him. Rousing him again (I don't think I was too popular doing that) I offeered him the food and we talk a minute or two. He was newly homeless but had been up most of the night with 'friends'. He said he was ok and all he really wanted to do at that moment was sleep.

I often wonder how he is now, but of course I'll likely never know. I have had the opportunity to help several times and I have because for me it is the right thing to do. I remember these times and how I felt afterwards. And then I wonder if there have been other times when my eyes weren't open wide enough to see what was happening.

Thanks for the post Kenneth.

Carol H (229)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:29 am
noted, thank you Kenneth

Nicole W (646)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:37 am
thanks Kenneth, noted

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:45 am

There is a commercial on TV, don't know or care what company. It shows people given aid by others in situations that I believe each of us would do, without thinking twice. The commercial called this responsibility, I call it human compassion.

Thanks Kenneth.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 12:33 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting.

Kim O (396)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 12:49 pm
Thanks Kenneth!! I love this show and all of the different scenarios they run. It's interesting how people respond, that's for sure!

Catherine Turley (192)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 1:05 pm
maybe people will be kinder knowing that cameras might be filming.

Mary T (178)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 1:13 pm
Thanks Kenneth, Noted.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 1:34 pm
thanks Kenneth, this is definitely thought -provoking, and it's good to know there are people out there who will get involved and help those in need

Liliana D (125)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 2:17 pm
I think that scenes like this happens around the world, especially in urban areas and especially if the subject is "low condition" and thit is blamable.
noted, thanks for the post Kenneth

linda b (186)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:02 pm
How sad that so many people would ignore a person who was homeless even though this was acting. Thanks Kenneth.

naomi cohen (55)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:26 pm
thank you, kenneth. i have actually been in the same position with an elderly woman. i could not BELIEVE how amay people walked OVER HER. i ran over and brought her to her feet. then, others came and we called an ambulance. i was so dismayed at peoples' indifference.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 3:39 pm
Unfortunately this passing by without acting happens all the time. Most people don't give -ok, I'll watch my language..-. People drown while a crowd is watching

Why me? Why should I, simple passer by, wet my clothes to save someone? Why should I, simple pedestrian, bend over to talk to this -smelling?- man?

Just because it's a fellow human being, just because next time it could be you..

I had a car accident some years ago, with three rather seriously wounded. Hardly anybody helped, although they had the time to do something, the road was blocked. They weren't even eager to make the emergency call, they just let me use their phone....(mine didn't work).

Makes you feel quite lonely

Thanks Kenneth!


Past Member (0)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 4:23 pm
I have said-"People would most likely step over another & keep walking,than help" I still think it true....nice to see one of the few actually help.

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 4:24 pm
I couldn't open it.

John B (185)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:26 pm
Thanks for the posting Kenneth.

Regina P (67)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:33 pm
Noted. Thanks

Constance F (418)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:59 pm
Hi Kenneth - I actually left a comment here early this morning but it never posted. Ok, so I will recreate it! Thank you first for posting this ! Secondly, of course I had a story. On a crowded Los Angeles intersection, I saw a young homeless man walk in front of a car, go sailing through the air, and fall in the middle of the street. Cars actually drove around him. Yes, you read that right. He got up, face all bloodied and stumbled away. NOT ONE PERSON, except myself and another young man went to see after him. NOR did anyone see after the very distressed young woman who had hit him. I used to hear about stuff like this - people dropping on the sidewalk and people walking around them, or someone getting beat up and people just walking away and doing nothing, but it was hard to believe unitl I actually saw it myself. What a sickening sad statement ! So let me thank the handful of people out there that give up a few seconds of their lives to actually get involved to help someone that doesn't LOOK like them.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:57 pm
but for the grace of God go you or I It is sad there is so much apathy Play it forward people

Ellen m (215)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 11:41 pm
I have never been able to just watch or walk away.
I don't what causes me such that i couldn't live with myself at some of the simplest thing...i saw an elderly woman walking up a hill in the neighborhood in the pouring rain, which having just gotten off the bus most likely she wasn't prepared for..the fact that i t didn't fully register and it took me another ten minutes in traffic trying to turn around to get back to her..and when i couldn't find her in the dark i was beside myself, not to mention almost 30 minutes late picking up a very po'd other half..
So i know longer even bothering to think twice about ANY situation..I will always have to live with myself no matter what, and no one can beat me up as well as i can do to myself.
Thanks Kenneth and all those that i know feel the same...1love

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:18 am
Thank you for posting, Kenneth. I understand how it feels like. I remember it's happened in my city too (from what I heard). Many of us asked why others seem have no compassion? I can't answer it for now. Social condition, perhaps??? It's so strange to know that others don't give such care for others. Noted. Thank you for the comments here.

P A (117)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:41 am
Sometimes people are just too selfish and self centred to think of others, and sometimes they are too timid - scared that the person may be drunk or fitting or even schizophrenic - and then there is the worry in the far back of people's minds that it may be a ploy to get someone there to be attacked - see the story of the Good Samaritan and all who walked by him then and their reasons.

Then we have the documented fact (proved by experiment) that people will (and I found this unbelievable at first) - even ignore smoke coming into a room they are in if they are in a group - somehow this makes us indecisive (and deeply inadequate) and experiments showed that the fewer people in the room where the smoke was visibly curling under the door, the more likely they were to act - the more people that were there, the more it seemed 'everyone else's responsibility' to act(!). Does this still apply to people walking down a street - it might, they might all feel that 'someone else' would do something... [no, I don't feel it would excuse them, but it might be their excuse].

Having said all that God bless all who stop and care for others - and speaking for myself, I have to act immediately on seeing someone - or some of the above thoughts go through my head and I am too hesitant, having had a rather difficult life. God bless all those who help others! Many thanks for this Kenneth.


Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 5:54 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 8:44 am
Thanks for posting this.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:26 am
All who are ignored in a time of need is sad, but the saddest of all is the little toddler in China, "yue yue" that was hit by a truck, that slowed down, then instead of helping her, drove over with their back tires. She lay in the road suffering while 15 people walked, rode bicycle, or drove by her, another vehicle running over her again.

The video was heart wrenching, her little arms moving, her gasping for air, until finally someone moved her to the side of the road but not to hospital. Finally a woman picked her up, but little "yue yue" died, in the dirty street that adults passed her by. Not even a child can be helped what is wrong with the human species that could leave a tiny child in the road.

I agree Liliana, it seems to be something that affects the world over, we are not a very nice species. There are loving individual human beings, but as a whole we are not very nice. Look at all the wars, torture, murders, the pollution to our world, it is endless and generational as far back as one can go. Often I think we should go the way of the dinosaurs, maybe some other "being" will replace us that will be far more compassionate in our place.

I'm sorry Ewoud you had to experience this, for at the very least people with cell phones today should place a 911 call. And they we hear of stories of people running into burning buildings and save people they do not even know....and I don't mean the paid firefighters, though I'm grateful they do such missions.

M B (62)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:34 am
Nobody near... Accident - suddenly people raise like mushrooms, starring - but no one helps. How come ? Thanks for posting.

Kenneth L (314)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:46 am
Yes, that incident in China with the little girl was truly heart-wrenching, she might as well have been an inanimate stuffed doll laying in the street. For all the outrage about it there were too many 'explanations' and excuses such as the system was the reason, legal reasons etc. The thing about personal integrity though is it's personal (yours) and you can be true to your integrity no matter what systems or external influences exist.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:35 pm
thx kenneth!

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:36 pm
thx kenneth!

Michael Carney (217)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 8:49 pm
It does take a special person to stop and help...Most people today would just walk right on by, and not give a second thought to the welfare of the person, on the ground...Humanity has lost it's moral compass, and compassion, over the past decade or so...Very sad to me...All people seem to care about is themselves anymore...

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 9:55 pm
Thanks for the article.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Monday May 7, 2012, 12:04 pm

Nancy C (806)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 7:56 am
I've seen other clips from this show and been emotional about the apathy, bias, and even cruel. Although I was not in eminent danger, my daughter and I were in dire straights and my own family, (Catholics that they are), did not want to know of disparity or need. I didn't even have a being to talk to let alone receive any help...I muddled through. I've seen many so called religious really not open to anything but happy, good, positive and self motivation. It's difficult for many humans to accept the human condition. Is it because they are so godlike?

Yvonne F (181)
Friday June 8, 2012, 7:25 am
Lovely to se that there are people who care! Thanks Kenneth

Kenneth L (314)
Friday June 8, 2012, 7:36 am
Thanks Nancy for your emotional comment. I agree that it seems too many religious people (and non-religious of course) only want to deal with up, good, happy thoughts and things. That of course wouldn't be very Christllike since he dealt firsthand with lepers and poor people etc. Too many people have an inability to confront what is. But you can't solve something that you can't confront.

Kenneth L (314)
Friday June 8, 2012, 7:36 am
Thanks Nancy for your emotional comment. I agree that it seems too many religious people (and non-religious of course) only want to deal with up, good, happy thoughts and things. That of course wouldn't be very Christllike since he dealt firsthand with lepers and poor people etc. Too many people have an inability to confront what is. But you can't solve something that you can't confront.
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