I just read in the newspaper about how two people who stopped to aid the driver of a disabled vehicle on the highway were hit by an exploded tire from a passing tractor trailer. The driver of the disabled vehicle was not hurt.
A little bit of digging unearthed other similar stories. It seems that so-called ‘Good Samaritans’ have been in quite a few of these types of situations.
Look Out for Number One
Here’s the thing: I’m all for helping people out when you can, and when it’s safe for you to do so. But I would never put myself in harm’s way for anyone other than family and a select group of close friends who I know would do the same for me.
Don’t feign shock over that statement. I think we both know that you wouldn’t lift a finger to help me if it meant putting yourself or your family in danger. And I respect the hell out of you for that.
Even police officers and firefighters who are sworn to protect the public probably think twice before putting their own lives on the line just to rescue some fat slob who got themselves into their own mess. Is it worth it? I mean, why should their loved ones have to suffer because this putz couldn’t show even a shred of common sense?
Bottom line, if you can help someone out without putting yourself or others at risk, go ahead and be a hero. Otherwise, leave them to their own devices. They wouldn’t help you out if they could, anyway. And we all know that’s the truth.
by Angel “Boz” Terwilliger
Residential Life Magazine