we must all fear evil men, but there is another kind of evil that we should fear the most, and that is the indifference of good people
had an errand to run in the city centre, and on my way back to work, i stumbled upon a man lying still. in the middle of a busy street, at 9.30 am, and no one seemed to care. sure, people had a worried look as they walked or biked by, and some did stop for a second, but at a safe distance. you see, the man in question was obviously homeless, and had enjoyed a few too many drinks in his life.
i, and another woman my age coming from the opposite direction, made an effort to wake the man, asking him if he was okay. since he responded with a kind “f*ck off!” we stood back up, looking around, trying to spot a guard or policeman. people, especially men, kept passing us. two other young women stopped, asking if everything is okay (seeing as we all used the exact same phrase with the same loud voice, it was obvious we had all paid attention during the red cross first-aid-course…), and between the four of us, we managed to get the man up on his feet soon enough. in the end he thanked us for being so kind, we all seemed like busy people, and he wanted us to continue, instead of spending our time with him. we all wished him, and each other, a good day, and went our separate ways.
i can’t help but wonder what kind of society we live in. are people really SO busy they do not have time to stop and ask if they can help? had they stopped had it been a person in clean clothes and with a nice haircut lying there?
and what has happened to all men? strong, young, men kept walking by, in large circles. one gentleman, aged about 85, with a cane and a hearing aid in his ear, stopped. but not a single man who could help us get the homeless man up, stopped. not one. i guess they were too concerned they’d get dirty. even the handful of blue collars that went by…
it was because of the indifference of good people that nazi germany was allowed to happen. remember that next time you are too busy to stop.