Originally posted by MunchScream on September 09, 2019 16:22
I think Cash should have acted on his instincts. It is evident that something inside told him that what Jeremy was doing was not right. The fact that he gave Jeremy a look while looking over the stall shows this. However, his fear of getting too involved is what kept him back. When he stopped and thought about what would happen if he took action, he realized that he would be costing his best friend his future. [. . .] Everyone has a conscience, and doing nothing can weigh really heavily in the long run. It is human nature to protect each other, and we should always trust that instinct to do so.
While I agree with MunchScream's statement that it was fear that kept Jeremy from getting involved, I do not believe that it was David's instinct to do the right thing by helping Sherrice. In fact, I think that it can be argued that it was his instinct to save himself, and thus, he appropriately acted on his instincts. And while it is reasonable to assume that Cash's inaction was due to the fact that Jeremy was his best friend, there is no further evidence, other than his claims, that Cash cared enough for Jeremy to think about his future. I honestly think his failure to act was a deliberately thought-out weighing of the consequences of his actions. That is, he gauged what the consequences of intervening could be, and so decided that, ultimately, it was not worth risking his life. And his choice to remain silent, I think, might have been a desperate grab at normalcy, blissful and willing ignorance.
I also agree that everyone has a conscious but not that it is human nature to protect each other. Whilst that statement is true for the majority of people, there are some out there, whose natural instinct is self-preservation. And what of the others out there who are born with a lack of empathy, such as psychopaths/sociopaths? But that's a tricky subject to get into and even trickier to discuss accurately seeing as the average person (including myself) who isn't a psychologist will probably have lots of misconceptions about how they work. Anyway, I do think that the instinct to protect others should come naturally, but there's just some others who that won't apply to.