One of the comments on the newspaper report was from an Australian, who said
For one person to walk by, that's an attitude. For 19 to do so, that's CULTURE. I hope there is a good deal of outrage in China about this.
There is tremendous outrage over the incident, and, I believe, also about the fact that the footage was posted to the web. The newspaper report gives the impression that this all took place over a long period of time, whereas the video itself is just 7.01minutes long, and most of it is the television reporter speaking. The whole sickening ordeal for this tiny girl took only a very short while.
The horrendous part of this is, firstly, that the van driver knew he had hit something, and STOPPED. He didn't get out of the van, he just started driving again, and ran over YueYue with the back wheels as well. People walked past, TRAFFIC VEERED AROUND HER TINY BODY and didn't pause. The next vehicle was actually a small truck, which didn't pause, just ran over her legs, with front and back wheels.
When a woman finally saw her and went to investigate, she did EVERYTHING wrong, and the poor tiny girl was dragged around like a rag doll.
I challenge anyone to witness this and not feel sheer horror, anguish, and outrage at the callous disregard shown by the people walking or driving by. It doesn't matter if it is an adult, a child or an animal - surely our own humanity must compel us to stop and assist? To stop, get out and CHECK, after we KNOW we have hit something? Arresting the two drivers is all well and good but it won't bring that baby's life back to her.
Sadly, this isn't a new phenomenon, just an old one, with the new twist that the poor little girl was repeatedly run over. We can point fingers and blame the Chinese culture all we like, but the apathetic attitude displayed is not confined to China!
I don't even know if it is a product of the "big city" but I do know that the indifference, perhaps insensibility of people towards other people's pain and suffering has been with us always. We only have to look at our homeless to see what consequences our uncaring attitude towards others has produced.
Probably 44 years ago, I worked for Shell Company in Sydney. Our office windows, 7 floors up, overlooked Wynyard Park, through which commuters used to flood from the underground railway station. At the beginning of the day we noticed a man asleep under a tree, his back leaning against the tree trunk, head down, arms folded. When it was morning break we realised he was still sleeping in the same spot. I remember remarking that it was a lovely warm place to sleep. Not long after that we witnessed Police erecting a screen around the man, and an ambulance standing by. This poor man had died. He was surrounded by dozens and dozens of people having coffees, reading, chatting, strolling past or just sitting in the park in the sun. And yet it took until almost midday for someone to check on him. Needless to say, we felt extreme guilt that we hadn't gone down into the park to check. It hadn't actually occurred to us to do so.
The incident did change my attitude though.
|Wynyard Park, Sydney|
Probably 6 years later, and I was living in England. I walked from work to the town centre during my lunch hour and in the street there was a man, face-down, half in and half out of the gutter. He was being very sick. It was only 12.30 pm and I thought it perhaps a little too early for him to be drunk. He was well dressed, in a suit, tie, white shirt. I got no response from him when I asked what help he needed. I went running into the market square looking for a telephone and was fortunate to see a police constable walking toward me. He thanked me and said he would check immediately.
|The man lay on footpath exactly where this man is standing|
To this day I have no idea what was wrong with the man, and guess it doesn't really matter. What did matter to me was that I didn't walk past - everyone else did, and who knows how long he had been there? I felt they were making a judgment call, and believed him to be drunk. Even so, would you leave him there without checking? Dozens of other people walked past him in either direction, without the slightest interest.
So is this a CULTURE, as the lady from Brisbane commented? Or is it just general apathy? The old "don't involve me, I don't want any trouble" syndrome?
Whatever it is, it seems that it is a trait that goes back into antiquity, and has nothing to do with a single country or any one race of people. It is an indictment against all of us.
Man's inhumanity to man
Makes countless thousands mourn!