Being A Bystander Essay

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Thankfully, I have never been put in a situation where I felt I was in danger; but, I do know people who have been. While talking to these people, I noticed they always mentioned how they were glad there was someone there to intervene. Those who were not so fortunate to have someone there said they wished there had. Personally, I think that if the situation is safe for the bystander, then they should help in any way they can. The definition of a bystander is a person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part. When a not-so ideal event occurs, most people feel empathy or an obligation to help. Obviously, some people are more empathetic than others, so not everyone will feel the same way. Those who are more so are more likely to step in and intervene than those who are less empathetic. Although you may be more than willing to help anyone in need, it is important to think of your own safety first. One …show more content…

They assume everything will work itself out, or that someone else will take care of the situation. This is extremely naïve because if you are able to help someone in a time of need, you should. Not many think this way, but I have witnessed it myself. I was with a friend at the mall one day. There was a woman sitting by a man with a look of panic on her face as she sat next to her husband. He was very pale and ill looking. I went to walk towards the couple when my friend stopped me and said, “What are you doing?”. I explained to her that I was going to ask them if they need any help. She replied with, “Don’t worry about it, someone else will help them.” This is a prime example of people who think being a good samaritan or bystander is unnecessary. Overall, I think bystanders play an important role in our society. Everyone is a bystander at some point in their lives; but, it is up to them whether they want to be the person who saw it or the person who actually did something to

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