Moral Compass: It’s Different for Everyone
David is indeed the scum of the earth for not stepping in to save Sherrice Iverson. What he had to say to the press was also disgusting.
“It’s a very tragic event, okay? But the simple fact remains: I do not know this little girl. I do not know starving children in Panama. I do not know people that die of disease in Egypt. The only person I knew in this event was Jeremy Strohmeyer, and I know as his best friend that he had potential…I’m not going to lose sleep over somebody else’s problem.”
He didn’t have to KNOW Sherrice to stop Jeremy. People help strangers all the time. Not only do they help strangers, but everyone, EVERYONE, helps young children, ESPECIALLY when they are in danger. It is absolutely despicable. Not only that, he compared her to other children in tragic situations AS IF THEY WERE IN REACH (the nerve of this guy). As a species, in both a biological and moral standpoint, children are supposed to be protected at ALL COSTS.
Just like the Bus ride on the 36, the passengers clearly saw the boy come onto the bus and noticed that the man was sitting uncomfortably close to him. Then, out of nowhere, he starts beating on him and nobody does anything. Auclair even states that he thought it was the boy’s father or somebody related to him. Naturally, on public transit, we turn a blind eye to parental discipline because it is deemed “none of our business”. When is a child’s well being, “our business”?
As to whether or not it is obligatory to respond, I agree with Althea and sea salt that saving a person is a human instinct not a choice to be made (“The Trick to Acting Heroically”). The desire to protect is a natural trait, not a learned trait because it depends on how we see people’s worth and see that all lives are worth protecting, not just our own. Just like the man in “The Bystander Effect in the Cellphone Age” who goes to rescue the victims in the burning house while the bystanders record. In his eyes, he saw danger but in the public’s eyes were dollar signs and recognition.
GhostChicago makes an excellent point that imagining a personal relationship to motivate those to stand up. But why do we need “motivation” to help people? Why can’t we, as good natured people, just step in because we care for the well being of others?