Monday, August 4, 2008

What has happened to us?

So yesterday I'm driving to the store and I take a cut through over by Raintree apts. and I notice a guy laying on the ground with his head by the road. I knew it didn't look right so I got on the phone and called 911 as I tried to find someone to turn into to go run and check on him. I parked in their parking lot and ran up to him. As I did, there were two ladies in their car blocking the road with their window cracked asking the man if he's ok. As I go up to him I can see that there is blood just pouring from his head. They had to have seen this. What surprised me though was that they didn't get out of the car. They just sat there asking him if he was ok. I told them to leave. Another man came by and said he called 911 and got out to stand with me. By this time I'm on the ground next to the man getting him to talk to me to stay awake. He was in his 50's and had on clean clothes so I know he wasn't homeless. He was very confused and didn't seem to know that he was hurt until I told him. The cops finally show up and they lift his head to put something on the massive wound he had. I noticed that the blood at gotten very think and it made me realize something. He had to have been laying there for awhile.
The thought of people driving past this man seeing him laying there and probably thinking "someone else can do it" is just sad to me. When did we get to the point where we no long help out a stranger? Have we become that scared of a society that we can't help someone who is obvious need?? It makes me sick to think that poor man was laying there all alone and no one would stop to help him. I keep thinking about how I almost didn't take that road and went on down a bit to Richmond Rd. I know that nice man in the black SUV would have helped (thankfully). But what if he would have went a different way also? It would have been those ladies who wouldn't even get out of their car to check on him. To me, that's just unacceptable.
I guess the whole point of this is to remind you all that we are all people. If you see someone in need of help, no matter what kind of help it is, PLEASE HELP THEM. Even if it is a little help, it's better than none.