Essay about Why Don't People Help in a Crisis?

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Randy Christopher V. Revita 8/29/12 Ms. Coronado 6th Period “Help! Help! I’m dying..!” Those were the last words Kitty Genovese had said before meeting her demise. In the reading titled “Why Don’t People Help in a Crisis” by John Darley and Bibb Latane, they claim that all witnesses in a situation are indifferent. One of their examples include the famous murder of Kitty Genovese in which thirty-eight witnesses looked at the scene more than once and did nothing about it. “They continued to stare out their windows, caught, fascinated, distressed, unwilling to act but unable to turn away,” says Darley and Latane. Even though people may disagree and say, “Well, if I was a witness I would have done something about the situation,” they…show more content…
So while I do agree with most of what Darley and Latane have to say about their observations, I can’t accept one of their ideas. Their idea of people not wanting to seem foolish seems to confuse me because as humans and as a society, we should always be ready to help one another in any given situation. What I mean by that is, a situation shouldn’t be treated differently whether you were helping a friend during an emergency or helping a stranger. And yes, there are times when people are too prideful to accept your assistance, though on the inside they may think differently. For example, if someone has fallen in a crowd of five-hundred people, everyone will walk on by expecting one of the other five-hundred people to help that person. You don’t want to be the person that took the time out of their day to help a person with a simple problem, though the action itself is very rewarding. We have to understand that helping others should always come first because when you think about it, ignorance can be murder in its own way. I scarcely fathom the reasons why we don’t help others because in reality we are already aware, and we need to stop that

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