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Rising Tide of Indifference is . . . Troubling
I haven't blogged in a while mostly because life at the firm has been a bit hectic, plus I recently moved.
But, I was trolling through the Daily News this morning and came across one of the most horrific stories I have read in a few weeks. One that tells of a social worker simply trying to do her job, protect children, and being savagly beaten by an intoxicated parent. One that tells how she was trapped in a house and when she escaped, being chased by her assailant, no one intervened despite many witnesses. Only another city empolyee gave this woman refuge.
The culture of indifference to human life has always troubled me. But, I was sort of comforted by the fact that many of the violent disputes in our city are between people who know each other, and many (not all, but many) have criminal tendencies. Then, children and innocents would be shot and I'd cringe about how ridiculous this whole thing is. I'd question, why would people want to destroy where they live or, destroy lives. I never understand, I just question. I may never understand.
But, something about this case has disturbed me. The social worker was doing her very difficult job, protecting the children of a woman who could care less about consequences. The neighbors themselves could care less about the life of this woman so they watched, pretending to not want to be involved. I'd hate to tell them, they were involved. They too did not care about consequences--they decided that this social worker's life was not worth saving. Fortunately, a good samaratin came along to help this social worker.
One thing that strikes me most about Philadelphia, and particularly, a part of Philadelphia I honestly do not live in, is a rising tide of indifference for human life and consequences. My stumbling block is this: how do we combat violent crime without changing perceptions about the value of life and the fact that there are consequences?
How do we change these perceptions? How did we get here?