Originally posted by freud on September 15, 2021 14:09
Ultimately, what should've governed Cash's actions is the ability to put someone else before yourself. Cash had this repeated attitude towards the situation that he didn't know this girl. He knew his friend, but not the girl and so it really wasn't his problem. He goes so far as to compare the situation to "starving children in Panama," or "people that die of disease in Egypt" (60 Minute Clip). First of all, it is ridiculous to make a comparison between something that happened right in front of you to some issue happening across the world. However, there should also be some empathy and compassion towards people in dire situations.
There is a fine line between situation that you should help in, situations that you shouldn't and if you should feel guilty for not being able to aid more. In "The Trick to Acting Heroically" the concept of what makes people heroic is explored. The resounding truth is that, people act heroically out of instinct, and they do not think of self preservation, they barely even think at all. A study was done in which people were given two envelopes; one had something they could do to help another person, and the other had something that they could lose if they did that. They could choose not to open the second envelope. It became clear that in most situations, self-preservation is out of the window and people do whatever it takes to help others.
Something should have clicked in Cash's brain. It's clear that he gave no thought to the little girl that was in front of him. Whether that's because of racial prejudice, gender discrimination or a complete lack of empathy is unclear. I think there is an obligation, purely for just being a human being, to try and do what you can to help others. There are times when you should put yourself first, and you should not be consumed by guilt when you can't fix everything, but overall you should help others. Cash's lack of action shows that he did not consider the humanity of this girl, and he also must not have care for his friend. Because if he really cared for his friend, he would've stopped him from doing something so horrible.
Whether there's a law or not, it's just human decency. A similar situation happened in "A Nightmare on the 36 Bus" where a boy was punched by a man on the bus and no one did anything. I think there's this attitude of "not my problem," or "that doesn't concern me," but peoples morals speak in their actions. Having good morals and ethics is extremely important and if you don't follow through with them in your actions, it's useless.
I really like how you added in the point that Cash made about the other people he is unable to help in order to make himself seem better for not helping Sherrice. I never thought he discriminated against Sherrice, but I agree he could have and that might have been one of his reasons for not standing up for her.