Sometimes things happen in my life that may seem fictitious, but there is no way I can begin to make this stuff up. For the most part, however, I tend to keep these stories to myself or within my close circle, but this incident I feel the need to share. I think that it tells a tale about how our culture sometimes doesn’t want to step up to the plate.
Yesterday, I stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few items for dinner. This is actually pretty typical, but my trips are usually uneventful. Sometimes I get the usual WTF moment, but nothing too out of the ordinary.
As I ventured to the back corner of the store to pick up some OJ, which is a staple in our house, something happened! Out of the corner of my eye I saw this lady falling!! Seriously?!
I stood there is dismay for a little bit, but as I got closer, I saw that she wasn’t getting up…
Now, there were people a lot closer to the occurrence than me, but no one was moving. Everyone was just standing there looking at this lady lying there on the floor.
I quickly disregarded my shopping cart and rushed to the damsel’s side. I made sure she was ok, asked her what happened, and if she felt light headed. She said that she had tripped over her cart and fell back and hit her head on a stack out of wine. Also, she kept apologizing for haven fallen. I told her it’s OK, and that we just wanted to make sure she was alright.
While all of this is going on, people are still just staring at me and the lady. So I asked if someone could please go get some help!
The whole incident happened within a 10 minute window that seemed like an hour. The main part of the situation that I don’t understand is the lack of action taken by the spectators. Had I not jetted over to finally check on the fallen, would anyone have even sprung into action? I would like to give people the benefit of the doubt and say that they were all in shock, but I really think that no one wanted to get involved.
Right now, I feel that we live in a world that people need to be guided into action. Some people are scared to make the first move, which makes a world loaded with blind followers. In a world of social media, people have lost their sense of physical social engagement etiquette.
I know that if I fall in a strange place, I would hope that someone would give me a helping hand. We shouldn’t have to apologize when we fall and need help. This creates a cycle of people internalizing hardships because they don’t want to burden anyone with their problems. We are all humans and we all encounter hardship at one time or another, so helping when we can shouldn’t be that hard of a task to accomplish.
#fallen #crazyoutting #compassion