Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Help Out in Society

In the video (above), Blue Bird, (who has sprained his right leg) is limping along a path. People pass by him, and one man almost steps on him. Uma rescues him from certain disaster and decides to take him to the hospital. 

This is something that happens all too often. Someone is injured, or sick and people decide that it would be much easier to just go on with their business and ignore those who need their help. It is often very easy to help others, but even easier to ignore them. This bums me out.

What Uma is trying to do is go out into the world and change this psychology. She is teaching people to go out and help others. She does it herself as an example that everyone else can follow. It goes a lot further than just helping an injured bird on some path. It goes much further than helping an injured person on a busy street. It can mean helping entire groups of people who can easily be helped by those who are more fortunate. Of course it is easier to just ignore all of this and pretend it's not happening. However, Uma urges you not to do this, and to take initiative by joining her team and helping her help everyone who truly needs it. 

Video Credits: Video and audio (including music) written and produced by Chris Selland.


Rex_Mole said...

I see this problem all the time especially with homeless people. ABC did a news special where they had a woman and a homeless man pass out on the sidewalk. People immediately responded to the woman, but ignored the homeless man.

alexandra said...

First of all, thanks for making an adorable video. I love Uma.

Second of all, I agree with you. Especially in San Francisco, there are so many people who need help. At the same time, there are many able-bodied people in this city to help out.

I always go through this deliberation period when I see someone who needs help. I think to myself, "Is it too late to help them?", "Do they even want help?", "Are other people going to think I'm just some goodie-too-shoes who wants to be acknowledged?", "Will the person in need be embarrassed if I try to help them?", and so on. By the time I'm done burying myself with questions, the person no longer needs help.

Why must these questions exist? Why can't we just help out, and forget all the strings that are attached? I hope that next time I see an opportunity to lend a hand, I won't badger myself with all those irrelevant questions. The only answer, of course, is that it's right to help out your neighbor.

Darth Nerd said...

Helping people might be a nice gesture, but it will ultimately only lead to your demise. When the zombie apocalypse finally happens, it's going to be the people like me, who have been training their whole lives in the art of rejecting the instinct to empathize, that will survive. Guess your monkey and his penguin friend will be the first to go. Suckers.