The Kindness of Strangers

What happened to the kindness of strangers?

Nearly two weeks ago a homeless man, Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, lay on the sidewalk dying for over an hour.  Twenty people walked past without helping.  Tale-Yax was stabbed after he tried to help someone in distress.  A hero who needed a hero.  On Saturday, an elderly man in Toronto, Yusuf Hizel, was robbed on the train while half a carriage of people ignored his calls for help.

While there’s a lot to say on this matter, I want to make one point.

Many people simply don’t know what to do in a situation like this.  They’ve never seen something like it before and they’ve never thought about anything like it before.  So, in the spirit of the heroic imagination, I want you to do it now.

Read this account of what happened to Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax: ABC

Now, imagine what you would do or could do.

Read this account of the mugging in Toronto: The Star

Now, imagine what you would do or could do.

Repeat whenever you see a story like these.  When someone needs your help, you’ll know what to do.

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2 Responses to The Kindness of Strangers

  1. Harley Couper May 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Here’s a great example of blaming the system in Ne wZealand

    http://www.sunlive.co.nz/14253a1.page

  2. Matt May 4, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks Harley. Very appropriate.