The desk of Savannah J
|Posted by Author Savannah Jackson on November 16, 2011 at 11:25 PM|
From the desk of Savannah J.
Today, I watched a short clip of a man being brutally beaten on a New York Subway because he asked several young men not to spit inside the car. The young ladies who were filming the beating on their cell phone could be heard laughing and cheering the perpetrators on. The gentleman was beaten and kicked in the head for quite a few minutes. What disturbed me most about the situation was the fact that no one tried to help the victim. He attempted to fight back but was clearly out numbered and no match physically for his attackers.
When did we become so calloused and hard heartened that we would stand by and watch someone being harmed and do nothing? And what has become of our society that we are now a people who enjoy watching someone being brutally beaten and find humor in it?!
As I reflect back over what I just witnessed via video, I can only shake my head in disgust and sorrow. Disgust at our calloused hearts and sorrow that we no longer stand up for the weak and sometime innocent. God help us all.
I can only pray that if my son or my niece or nephew ever witness such an atrocity, they will have the guts to step in and do something; even if it's calling 911 on their cell phones instead of filming. I pray the same for myself. Now, I understand that trying to physically intervene may not always be the best solution, but with most of us now owning cell phones, we can at least call for help.
As I prepare to end my day, I plan to take a little longer in my prayers tonight. I plan on having a talk with God and asking His mercy on the young ladies who filmed that violence and laughed instead of helping. And I will also ask the same for the heartless young men who felt the need to beat another human being just because he asked them to be respectful.
I pray that what I've said here will touch you in some way and if you ever find yourself the witness of another person's misfortune, you will find the guts to help. Be blessed!