Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:20 PM
I'd call in the super heroes, they always seem to save everyone's sorry butt.
My crass insensitive answer is....
In general, I help people who are trying to help themselves first... then, if I have the time, energy and patience, I help people who don't think they need it.
It's the story of the flood victim on his roof... a boat goes by offering him a spot, he says he's waiting for god to help him. Then a helicopter hovers over, offering him a lift, he said nope, waiting for god to save him.
At the pearly gates, he is ticked off at god, why did you forsake me?
god said, I didn't forsake you, I sent a boat and a helicopter, you refused the help.
Or something like that.
If the many were working with me on the problem, I would help them... if my mom were sitting on her butt expecting me to carry her the whole way, we would both die.
I would most likely cry a lot after-the-fact... but in the heat of the moment, instinct takes over, truthfully, and if you are in the way, or not paying attention... or worse, dragging everyone else down... you are on your own.
If I have to raise myself to warrior statis to survive, so should you.
Fortunately... I haven't had to prove my resolve, and hopefully never will...
But the whole world is strange these days... and there's no telling where we will end up, and whom we will have to count on... I wouldn't expect anyone to carry my weight if the manure hit the proverbial fan and I hadn't been paying attention to the warning signs... I would like to think "the many" would feel the same way.
And as for the MANY who choose not to pay attention, the ones who don't want to talk about the fire... (If you don't talk about it, it's not real... the 'elephant in the room' syndrome) The ones who refuse to look at the evidence because it doesn't set well into their routine or comfort zone... they best stay outta the way or they are going to get mowed over by the few of us who are on the ball and motivated to survive.
There is a book, called "The book of questions" by Greggory Stock Ph.D... it has all kinds of questions like this... some worse... some better. (I.E. 'if you could save the lives of all people with cancer by shooting an innocent person in the head, would you? Follow up question, "would you kill an innocent if you did not have to do it face to face, but with a button from another room... or another country?)
I hear that the Inuit used to send grandma and grandpa adrift on an ice floe when 'their time came', if they were no longer able to contribute to society... Dogs and cats go for what I call, 'the long walk' when they are ready. I'd like to think, if I were not ready or able to care for myself, I would tell Superman to help the young, the strong and the ones who are smart enough to survive. And if I lose my marbles, and am unable to think this all through, I hope Superman would turn around and get busy helping someone else. (I found my marbles by the way, and glued them to a window in my house so I can't lose them again.)
Survival of the fittest... I suppose. Natural selection... It's nothing like "Survivor" out in the real world where someone who is ignorant, intentionally or not, is going to live longer than the informed, and prepared.
As I have stated, my opinion and $5 will get you a really good coffee in a cafe with atmosphere in town.
~A candle loses none of it's light by lighting another candle.~