“Is it safe?” January 30, 2007Posted by skinbad in Philosophy.
Sad, strange story here. A nurse on her way to work (5:30 a.m.) stopped to check an overturned vehicle for any injured people. The driver had rolled it, left it in the road, thumbed a ride home, and gone to sleep. Somebody else plowed into the car and killed the nurse. The driver of the overturned vehicle appears to be illegal and says he didn’t know he was supposed to report it. If he had been legal, maybe he would have been less reluctant to call? But he thinks no one will notice the truck and come looking for him? I don’t know. And why the driver that hit her was going 70 in the dark on a state road is kind of a puzzler as well.
Anyway. The point I’d encourage my fake internet friends to get is that you can’t help people if you get yourself killed trying to help. Before you try to assist someone, ask yourself if you can do so safely. There are “what ifs” such as if a loved one is in trouble, but I think you know what I mean. The guy who jumped on the train tracks to save a stranger is indeed a hero; he’s also one lucky son of a bitch.