when did we (as a society) simply become too busy to stop and help out others? people get in car accidents... and no one stops. people are broken down on the side of the road... and no one stops. remember when people used to stop? remember when it mattered more to help someone, than to get to work on time?
i wonder if it's because we assume that everyone these days has a cell phone, so they can call for help on their own? or i wonder if it's because we don't think it's safe to stop and help strangers anymore? we're so untrusting of people that if we did stop and help and something bad happened, it would just be further proof of how you can't trust anyone anymore. and how the person who stopped to help was an idiot, because look what happened to them.
i have been that car on the side of the road that people kept driving past. they would look, but they would keep on driving. not one single person stopped to help me. not one. i didn't have a cell phone. i was young. i was alone. and i had no clue what the hell to do.
i will admit that i have definitely been the car who didn't stop for someone on the side of the road before. but i have also been the one who has. i remember one time when i was driving to my moms for the holidays. there was an older couple broken down on the side of the freeway in their rv. the hood was popped and the man was looking in. no one was stopping to help. but i did. and when i pulled over, he was SO thankful. he said they had been there for at least 30 minutes and not one single person had stopped. i had a cell phone and he didn't and they were simply too old to walk along the freeway to get to an offramp. he made a call from my phone, thanked me profusely and i drove off- thinking about them the rest of my drive.
it felt good to help them. what are your thoughts on this?