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That great moral dilemma

I once watched a documentary which showed a man laying in the middle of a busy street in central london, having a full blown heart attack, while people nonchalantly strolled past pretending not to notice. one person even stepped over him...

It shocked me to my core. But had I never seen that documentary, being held captive for 7 months in a city centre flat, while my landlord, neighbours, and other residents who lived on the same street did...nothing...the experience would have been far more traumatising.

As the months went on, I replayed the scene in the documentary; specifically the person who stepped over the man having a heart attack, again and again in my head.

When I left the flat, I confronted some of my neighbours and the residents who lived in the house opposite. I asked them if they had realised what was going on. To my disbelief, they all told me that yes, they had known exactly what was happening during the 7 months. I demanded to know why nobody had done anything. NOTHING.

I pointed to the phone box located at the top of the street. Did nobody have 20p to put an anonymous phone call through to the police in a bid to have me rescued? I was met with mumbled replies and sheepish looks. The resident opposite pointed out that actually- it was free to dial 999 from a phone box. My jaw dropped. I stood silently for a few awkward moments, but the light never went on in the guys head.

Apparently, the British public are renowned for being utter pussy's when they are faced with situations that require their involvement with the authorities. Whether that be the police, fire services, paramedics, or social services. What is the great moral dilemma with SAVING SOMEONE'S LIFE?

If I witnessed a crime- I wouldn't hesitate to make a statement.

If I saw someone having a heart attack- I'd begin chest compressions.

If I heard a child being abused- I would report it to the social services.

If there was a fire- I'd dial 999.


I asked people to give me their theories on why this has even become a moral dilemma to the majority of people. When for me, it seems pretty simple. Their bullshit theories are listed below...

  • "It's just sooo inconvenient isn't it? All that palaver of giving a statement, potentially having to take time off work to go to court. I mean, it's their life not mine"

  • "It's like, so violent nowadays, witnesses get beaten up, I'd worry about the consequences for me and my family"

  • "I'd worry about getting it all horribly wrong! I'd be so embarrassed if I called the police because I heard a girl screaming, and like, she was just having great sex! Ha!"

  • "You just never know the full story. Don't get involved in other peoples business"

All I hear is 'me, me, me'. I don't know about you.

We are living in a society where people are successfully suing paramedics for breaking their ribs when the paramedic was administering CPR trying to save their life.

Did you know that the reason it states "THIS DRINK IS HOT" on the side of a McDonalds coffee cup, is because a woman sued McDonald's for MILLIONS after burning her tongue drinking a cup of coffee?

Anybody who finds themselves in this great moral dilemma- GROW A PAIR.

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