Recently a video went viral where a Starbucks employee was saved by a customer when a robber with a knife and a toy gun came to rob the cafe. The bystander is shown to have hit the suspect with a chair which soon escalated into a fist fight.
This act of courage from the customer may be seen as something very obvious but it's surprising to note that in most of the cases this is not what exactly happens. Not many people react to such events around them, ultimately leading the suspect to slip away and the victim harmed.
One such incident recently took place in Pune, Maharashtra where a 25-year-old techie bled to death on the roads as people passed around him and even stopped to take photos and videos. (ibtimes.co.in) Nobody came forward to help him.
In another case a homemaker saved the life of a stranger lying in a pool of blood after being hit by a train at railway gate in West Bengal on Thursday morning. Before the female rushed to the man's help, hundreds of locals, including slum dwellers, stood there and watched him suffer. Nobody even bothered to inform the railway police. She was stuck in the crowd that had gathered after the accident. Later, she rushed the man to a hospital. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
Many such incidents take place every year in different parts of the world and it's disheartening to see the number of deaths which occur every year due to lack of timely medication.
The Experiment proves it all
Some psychologist conducted an experiment to see how people react to in situations where a person is lying on the ground with illness or is asking for help for some reason.
In the video an actor can be seen lying on the street fighting illness and nobody comes forward to help him. He repeatedly asks for help, people notice but keep on walking anyway.
The question here is why is nobody coming forward to help? Is their no compassion left? Shouldn't it be a natural instinct to help someone in need?
Surprisingly, according to psychologists the answer is 'Not Really'. Interestingly if there is just one person witnessing such a situation, then he is more likely to come forward and help rather than a group. In a group people think that maybe somebody else will come and help, thus, always passing the buck.
Do the psychologists now need to devise a newer method to re-program human psychology, is something that we have to wait for.