I read in a news article about this pedicab driver, who was in a traffic accident along Taft Avenue in Manila. It is already a tragic news, but the saddest part was that no one tried to help him. Not even one soul tried to give him a helping hand! There were a lot of passing cars, curious on lookers, and law enforcement officials, but no one tried to help him. There was a nearby hospital not far from the site of the accident. It was alleged that he was still alive for an hour or two, would he have been brought to the hospital swiftly, he could have survived. But it took five hours before even help came, but by that time it was already too late. No one showed compassion, care, or decency! With this tragic accident a life could have been saved, a wife lost her husband, children lost their father, a mother lost her son, a father lost his son, or a sibling lost a sibling.
Also in a similar case, but this time in China. This was recorded in CCTV, and the video was uploaded in You Tube a year or two ago. A toddler got run over by a truck in a busy Chinese market. The driver who ran over the toddler, did not even bother to look at the toddler he ran over. Minutes have passed, passersby and vehicles passed and saw the toddler, but no one tried to help the toddler. One kind old woman saw the toddler, and helped the toddler to get to the side, and then the mother comes. Although we are not blaming the mother for the accident, but I am just saying that she could have better taken care of her child. The truck driver who ran over the toddler, and immediately left the site, could have stopped and brought the kid to the hospital, and surrendered himself to the authorities. The toddler died after a few days in the hospital, from the massive internal injuries she received from the accident. Another sad incident where a life was lost. Another incident that could have been prevented.
My question is this! Are we still human? Are we not better than lowly animals? Is modernization, technology, and distrust pushing our emotions aside? Where is the compassion? The care? The human decency of helping someone who direly needs it? How can we say that humanity or the human race has advanced by leaps and bounds, if some of us have reverted back to their animalistic behaviors? We can truly say that we have advanced, if we can still show compassion, care and human decency, coinciding with advancement.
Please remember people are human beings! They are not androids, robots, or inanimate objects. They have a father, a mother, siblings, wife, or children. Please do not revert back to your primitive selves. Remember the world needs heroes! Heroes not of the likes of Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, Hawk Eye, Green Lantern, etc., but heroes just like you! Ordinary people who do extraordinary things, helping others, not thinking about their own safety or well being. Those are the real heroes we need. Be a hero today!