A Good Citizen Helps Others in the Community

600 WordsFeb 3, 20182 Pages
Most likely, at one point in your life or another, you’ve been a bystander. I can say that not only have I been a bystander, but I’ve also been a victim at one point as well, so I know how it feels to be on both sides of the situation. Bystanders have the choice to be apathetic or to be active. I believe that bystanders should always, or at least almost always, be active when they have the ability to be. There have been countless times that bystanders have succeeded or have failed to correct or prevent injustices, and sometimes doing nothing can hurt a situation or come back to negatively affect one’s life. To access the counter argument first, there are a great deal of times when intervening in any way could compromise your own safety. Many people just don’t want to be involved because they don’t see it as any of their business, some flat-out don’t know how they could help in different situations, and others feel that they might make the situation worse or that they won’t be effective anyway. Of course, it’s not like most people want victims to suffer, and that gets bystanders stuck between a rock and a hard place, so wouldn’t it make more sense to just take the easier route and not do anything? There’s also the uncertainty factor to consider; it can be difficult trying to distinguish something harmful from something harmless. Fisticuffs can take the image of mere roughhousing, and sometimes bullying can seem like friendly hostility; or playful teasing. On August 11,
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