yesterday my wallet was stolen out of my purse in broad daylight at a restaurant table in full view of a group of people who saw it happen.
AND DID NOT TELL ME.
by the time i discovered the theft, reported it, alerted security, calmed down the four little ones with me who were crying and yammering and praying, and watched the videotape of the event, the thieves were long gone.
fortunately for me, their modus operandi was to grab the cash and throw the wallet away. it was found about an hour later- intact except for a bit of cash.
in the panic and rush of the moment, i didn't think much about my fellow-patrons who saw it happen... until i got home.
then it hit me; these people watched two men rob me, and did nothing. only when they saw me frantically telling the staff i'd been robbed did they come forward and say, 'yes, we saw two men take a red wallet out of her bag and leave the store. they scared us so we just protected our own bags'.
OH MY WORD.
i was mad. i'm still mad.
but in my heart i'm questioning a deeper thing- am i like that sometimes? do i watch someone being robbed and terrorized by evil stuff and because 'it's not my responsibility' i say nothing?
do i keep quiet when obvious bad things are happening?
do i use the excuse 'it's not my garbage' when i see litter everywhere and no one picking anything up?
when i see a lost crying child in a mall and don't stop to help?
when i pass a woman on a cellphone standing beside her stranded car on a highway, am i being one of the two passersby from the story of the GOOD SAMARITAN?
am i willing to inconvenience myself, or risk embarrassment or injury to help a stranger?
actually, i have many times stopped to help people and been vilified for it...i've been considered 'weird' for cleaning up my street or picking up pieces of garbage lying around. i've used this persecution as an excuse to get sloppy as a good samaritan.
shame on me.
this world has become a 'mind your own business' sort of world.
a 'don't get involved' sort of world.
an 'it's their problem' sort of world.
malls- highways- streets- restaurants- are not always safe places...but how much nicer they would be if people watched out for each other. if we all cared enough to risk a little bit to make a difference.
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linking up to emily , hope i did this right. if not, somebody help me out. :?