I have lived in China for a little while and many times came to a brick wall in trying to understand Chinese reluctance to help out or step in to help people in times of difficulties. By chance I came across the following piece which kind of helps many of us overseas visitors understand the dynamics of what goes on and behind the mask of many
Nanjing Peng Yu refers to a 2006 case in Nanjing. On the morning of November 20th, 65-year-old woman Xu Shoulan had fallen and injured herself at a bus stop. A man, Peng Yu, helped her up and then, after her requests, took her to the hospital. The old woman then blamed him and claimed that he had run into her. Peng Yu resolutely denied this. The old woman sued him. After four trials, a Nanjing judge ruled that since he admitted to being the first person to get off the bus, and in accordance with common sense, there was a greater probability that he had run into the old woman, and so he was ordered to compensate her over 45,000 RMB. This was a very famous case, often to explain why many people are reluctant to help others.
And before 2006?
Ahem, what would explain the same behaviour prior to 06? (then)
Sounds to me folks are hiding behind this case or simply using it as an excuse to justify their inaction.(now)
yeah....but..i think it goes farther than nanjing..
Its the simple fact that time+quantity+responsibility= mafan!
its known as the genovese effect in the states...
people think someone else will hepl..and that they got other things to do than get involved..
shit.. i walk by shit everyday..and i dont expect for better treatment when im in need...
survival of th fittest baby! booyah!
i tell you what though i lie..
i wish i was that strong..but i interfere when i feel there is a chance of direct loss of life..for firends peers and family, and in situations i think i can handle by my self...
i once walked by a man beating a woman and chanting all her vices for the whole street to see gambling and cheating oh him being two of them..
there were old ladies obviously family members of the victim all walking and standing around..not just passerbyers....
and if they werent going to do anything neither was i..
i have seen a group of men beat one or two guys on several occasions..what can i do there?
i have stopped petty thieves from stealing peoples stuff..by either making noise or slapping them
a slap says alot..youd be surprised..
but the fact remains i got kids, im not getting to intense into anything that will fuk me up..
I think K was probably suggesting that "common sense" is uncommon. (and therefore so is common courtesy)
I added the last part ;)