Last night I heard of tragic news: Paul Walker of only 40 years old has died in a tragic car accident. Lately, with the Typhoon in the Philippines and other catastrophic events, we’ve been bombarded with tragic news left and right so adding to that one more untimely death was not a positive start to the night. Of course, I send my condolences to all family members, friends and people involved in all these lost lives in hopes that my wishes of solidarity and support will help them get through such difficult times.
One thing , however, that I am unable to let go and incredibly disgusted with is a video I was forwarded which shows someone filming Paul Walker’s accident like its some form of entertainment instead of…gee.. I don’t know.. calling 911??! Let us process. My initial reaction was obviously of disbelief. I said to myself: no that cannot be; there cannot possibly be people on this earth that would be more focused on claiming credit for the headline than assisting someone in serious need.
I was wrong. I was epic-ally, irrevocably wrong. This brings me to the topic of the day: what on earth is wrong with people? When did we become a species that places a higher value on everything but life? Is it the rabies contagion from Black Friday?; I don’t know (shakes head). It’s disgusting and atrocious and nightmarish to know that we as a society have become so materialistic , so dis-sensitized and so selfish that we care more about meaningless things than the most important thing we all have to honour–life. We have become a cruel society.
We are reigned by the values of material goods, consumerism, selfishness, brutishness, cruelty and violence. No longer do we focus (as a whole ) on respect, compassion, love for ‘the other’ and overall human decency. How can filming a catastrophic event and openly acknowledging the lack of intention to act in aid of someone in need be socially acceptable? How could we have gotten to this point in the first place? It’s disgusting.
One of the things that most got to me when I first saw this video (from a private source I will add) was that people are very misinformed. There is a somewhat legal obligation but more so a moral obligation to seek help, if only via calling 911 for example, in cases in which there is an accident or a criminal offence is being committed. No one was asking these people who wanted to play “camera men” to go jump in the flames and save this poor man’s life, but they could have done something; anything besides the act which they did carry out.
We need to stop, take a minute and reflect. The path we are taking as a society is dark, its grim and brutish and will ultimately constitute our demise as a social formation in the long-term because what will be left to save in the years to come if we have already started destroying our land, our nations and our humanity above all?