Before I slept last night I watched the news. Yes I know, stupid idea to watch horror shows before bed. What I saw was beyond horrific! There was a story about a 2-year-old chinese girl walking outside a market when a van ran over her. The van driver paused, then continued on, running over her again with his back wheel. She lay there in a pool of blood as 18 people (Yes, 18) walked past her without helping her and another van ran over her. All of this was caught on tape by a security camera. Finally, a woman passing by (19th person) moved the child to the side of the road and found her mother.
The Chinese people have expressed, online and in the news, their disgust at what they have become. People are so afraid of prosecution that they would not help this little girl in fear of getting into trouble. There was a case in 2006 of a man who helped an elder woman who had fainted. He ended up having to pay her compensation when she accused him of being the reason. It’s no excuse… People could have called the emergency services to at least alert them of the accident.
I remember reading in a memoir written by a British Indian man where he wrote about visiting India when he was a child to see his family. He recalled walking with his father in the streets of his home town when they passed by a dead girl laying in the ground. His father told him to walk on and leave her or he might be accused of killing her. But the girl in China was alive and bleeding out. .. Maybe they thought she was dead… maybe they feared prosecution… But either way, it scares me what humans are capable of.
We can be conditioned to do anything to anyone. We can have the empathy and humanity beaten out of us with out anyone actually laying a hand on us. We can be desensitized and demoralized to the extent that the sight of a 2-year-old girl laying on the street bleeding is something we can ignore. I say we because the Chinese are no less human than we are, they were just conditioned to be that way.
I just keep going over it again and again and I cannot imagine it happening the way it did… but it did. And this isn’t the first time… It’s terrifying what we are capable of.
The shock and horror the Chinese people are expressing on their websites, television channels and newspapers is clear. One man called the incident “The shame of the Chinese people”. Maybe it takes a horrific accident like this one to realize something has to change.
The little girl is in a coma and Dr.’s say she is ‘brain dead’.