Let Me Ask You A Question – 11/21/17

gce5rz8mi

Take a few moments to think before answering and then…Let me ask you a question:

If you stand on the sidelines and watch someone die, are you partially responsible for their death if you make no effort to help?

77 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 11/21/17

  1. wow. You aren’t kidding with the deep questions today. I have been on “the sidelines” when someone was dying..or attempting to. No one else tried to help so I did. called for anyone with a phone to dial the emergency number and tried to provide CPR even though I didn’t really know how. it turned out well as an off-duty cop ran over to help. I guess I did hold all those watchers accountable though. Total honesty? I still hold them accountable even after 40 years…so i guess my answer is yes. They are partially responsible.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Not necessarily. Witnessing someone dying can be a traumatic event that not everyone is geared up to cope with. Panic or fear can set in, rendering the bystander helpless to act. In some cases they just might not have the first clue of what to do. Whilst we would all like to think we would rush to help, until it happens no one really knows how they would react and I would never judge anyone for their reaction under such a highly stressful circumstance.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. That begs the question, “are you in a position to help?” I mean, if you see someone drowning, but can’t swim, don’t have your phone with you and they aren’t easily accessible, would you still be “responsible”? What if you did assist, the person lived, but suffered permanent loss of something. Are they going to try to hold you responsible because you didn’t do more? Lastly, as it’s been pointed out in a previous response, not everyone has the ability to think rationally and respond appropriately. There are those who respond by running toward the issue and there are those who run from it or are in shock and unable to assist. So, based on your basic question, I’m going with the answer of “no”, because there are too many unaccounted variables left unanswered.

    Liked by 4 people

  4. I don’t know if one is partially responsible, and the circumstances of the situation one is faced with is definitely a factor. But if someone is hurt, and bystander who could help doesn’t? That’s just being a bad human being.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. All great answers! If I were in a position where I was needed I would definitely spring into action. That might have something to do with my lifeguard training, but also just who I am. I would try to be a good Samaritan if at all possible. Even if it’s on the sideline making phone calls or taking needed pictures. I would definitely be in the mix trying to assist.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. No. People die. It’s what we do. You can only give what you have to give at the moment. I’m not sure I would run into a burning house or car to save someone…my family, Yes. Would I call for help? Of course. That is easy to do nowadays. In certain medical situations sometimes waiting for someone to arrive that knows how to assess the situation is better. If given instructions while I was on 911 I’m sure I would follow them. Most people have no idea what will or will not kick in until they are in the situation.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. The first question has to be whether there actually is anything you can do that someone else isn’t already doing. Your question seems to presume that nobody else is there and trying to help. If there is nothing you can do, it is hard to imagine a more helpless feeling. If you could help, even if it just to comfort the dying, and don’t, and doing something would not unacceptably endanger you or others, then I think you have done wrong.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Blimey! This is a tough question! I have never been faced with this personally but I’d like to think that I would do everything in my power to save someone. As far as your actual question goes Danny, like how others have already commented, I think it depends on the circumstances. For example: Say your neighbor was outside holding a gun on his abused wife. Would the right thing to do, be to try to talk to him, or even more drastic, try to wrestle the gun away from him? Would doing either not only put your own life in danger but also those of the victim and other bystanders? Would it be more responsible to quietly call the police? Sorry for the ramble, but you’ve really got me thinking about this. I guess my short answer is it depends on the circumstances.

    Liked by 3 people

      • I think it also depends on who, for example if it is my son then I would dive in to save him, for an adult, I might not react like that. Also who was around me. If someone was drowning (lets pretend I am a strong swimmer) and I had my son with me, would I dive in and potentially let him watch his mother drown trying to save someone. Its a very powerful question with many different outcomes, I think ultimatly you can only do what you can do.

        Liked by 1 person

  9. Jeez! What a question. Well….I once saw a horrendous accident in which a cyclist was sent flying , airborne over two cars and landed on the pavement. I got out of my car and with a couple of others ( we were on a fairly busy city thoroughfare) ran towards the body. In my mind I was reviewing my CPR course. I had a cell phone in my hand. By the time I got to the body someone was doing CPR on the cyclists shattered body and shaking their head when they checked for vitals. I dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance. I stayed on the phone to describe what was happening. It seemed like an eternity but police arrived. Then an ambulance. I think the person was dead. I walked away and threw up on the pavement. I guess I did something. The image of it is still crystal clear in my mind.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. I think it depends and this is a complicated question that could have a few scenarios.
    1. If the person is perfectly capable of helping the person and sound enough but doesn’t help, then yes they could be partly responsible or yes maybe even fully responsible.
    2. If a person doesn’t know anything such as CPR and can’t help, but say called 911 and still tried to do all they could do to their capability, no not responsible.
    3. A person with full CPR training etc, cell phone in hand and has everything and knows enough knowledge to safe the person’s life but……Can’t handle tragic events and completely loses control of one’s senses and like I dunno faint? Or goes into say a panic attack or what have you…no not responsible.

    I have had few incidents where I may have not per say saved anyone’s life but I have had serious family emergencies (my aunts and uncles kitchen fire, my cousin’s had a serious incident with one of her twin boys when they were infants. I was the only one there with my CPR and kinda knew what to do even though he started breathing again on his own etc) worked with kids and dealt with series injuries (bleeding out one;s head, concussions etc) or the time a man crashed his car in front of our house (speeding drunk, no seat belt etc) flew out of the car and died on the scene. and I am actually really good in emergency situations, like you would think with my sensitivity and anxiety I would freak out, it’s so weird. Like survival instinct kicks in and I am like okay what can we do step by step to do our best to help said person or people. I want to renew my CPR (it’s out of date by a couple years or so) just in case and it doesn’t hurt. As a person who responds decently in emergencies and such it can be good to have. Plus I was also told if you have your CPR you can even clear a scene if you are the only one with your CPR to save the person;s life while you await the ambulance. Which is kinda helpful cause people can be distracting etc as they can respond differently in such scenarios. Luckily though I haven’t come on scene to any horrid car accidents or anything at least before the ambulance and police etc yet.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. So many scenarios… side lines being the corner of a room humming a song as a person crosses over blissfully? Or standing in a corner as someone jumps off a building and I do nothing? I would always do something although I don’t know what that something would be. But responsible? No

    Liked by 2 people

  12. I honestly couldn’t stand around and not try and help or do nothing at all. I would do my best to save a life and call 911. I have been near a car accident and checked on a person then called 911. I would stay with them until something was done. It’s not in me just to leave the scene or trying not to help them at all.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s