Help or Walk Away
I know, I am facing first world problems and to some people this will sounds idiotic, some will not understand, some will want to cuss me out, some might say things that should be rated, but some will get it.
I have been thinking about this for some time and till this moment I do not know if there is an answer to my quest.
It all started with a heavy rain. I was walking to work and observing hundreds of rain worms on sidewalks and in puddles. As I do live in a city that is just unpredictable when it comes to weather, I knew that in few hours these puddles will dry out leaving poor warms in the middle of the street.
yes, you can call it – natural selection, the strong ones survive and blah..blah…However, it made me ask a question. Is it better to let the worm die on the side-walk or give it a chance to live by placing it in the grass? The odds are slim as a half dead worm might not be able to get to the soil.
Same question bugged me yesterday. Again, on my way to work, I almost stepped on a dragonfly with a broken wing. This small creature was on its back kicking and struggling to get up. I knew if I had left it on the side-walk, somebody would have stepped on it and put it out of its misery. I picked it up, turned it over and put it in the grass where it would be safe. as I was walking away I asked myself. Was that humane?
If I was a dragonfly with a broken wing or a damaged body and somebody would pick me up and placed me away from a heavy traffic, would I actually prefer to die right away or to suffer and possibly die slowly feeling every bit of torture?
I know, we are not talking about humans but animals, crawlers, worms, and etc., and some people believe that they are not equal to humans. I am an animal lover and I believe that there is no difference between a rain worm and a human. We are all the same, we share this earth that we call home. After all in the Universe our Earth is just a small grain of sand that nobody gives a shit about and will destroy it in a heart beat without thinking about humans or their ability to mess up everything they touch. …
So, is it better to help and give a chance to survive or walk away?
Ok, for those who are worked up about me comparing humans and animals and are about to give me their piece of mind, I have a different question for you. You witness a car crash. A drunk human has caused a car crash and has killed a mother and her three kids (ages 3-7). You know the family.
The drunk driver is still alive but his car is about to blow up. You check the family and they are dead, so you head towards the drunk driver. He is stuck in the car but you can definitely get him out. So, while you are trying to get him out, you ask him if he is aware that he has killed 3 kids and he looks at you, smirks and says – so what? I don’t give a damn, get me the f*** out of this car.
Tell me, would you still help him get out that car ( he might flee) or you would leave him there knowing that there is a 50% chance that the car will blow up before the rescue crew arrives?