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The Bystander Effect

November 29, 2010

Yes, I too have come across this research.

The experiment outside Liverpool Street Station is a poorly conducted experiment. Most people will think this to be a drunk, thus undeserving of help, thus measuring a different effect.

I am one of those rare individuals who does not walk on by or at least tries not to.

I recall a few years ago, early hours of the morning, in a foreign country finding a man like this, lying on the pavement, his head bashed and bloody. He was not moving, he could have been dead.

One has to be wary, it could be a scam, the person could be mad or drunk, they may leap up and grab you and stick a knife in you, or they could be ill, could have had a heart attack, a stroke or tripped and fallen. You just do not know.

I talked to the security guard of a nearby hotel and asked him to call the police. I did not hang around as it is never wise to get involved with the police, and certainly not in a foreign country.

Paulo Coelho describes, I think in Like the Flowing River, of coming to the aid of a man who everyone walked on by.

I have a reputation for helping waifs and strays, but you get no thanks, no rewards, but do get a lot of grief.

At the End of Days, Jesus is sitting in judgement, separating the sheep from the goats: Why did you not help me when I asked for water? But you never asked. I was the beggar you turned away.

There are always those who are less fortunate than ourselves, but sadly most people walk away, they do not want to be involved.

It is not just as individuals, it is also as a society. The savage welfare cuts taking place in England are hitting the poor and disadvantaged hardest, those who can least cope.

Why does the world sit silently by whilst Israel practices ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians? In Iraq Christians are being slaughtered, and yet the churches in the West are silent.

Few heed the tale of the Good Samaritan. They may pay lip service, but when it comes to action, deeds not words, as we saw with the Good Samaritan, nearly everyone walks on by.

Few are like Canon Andrew White (aka the Vicar of Baghdad) who works tirelessly helping the people of Iraq and the Middle East.


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