What do you make of the two stories below. Both incidences occurred in the United States but they could had happened anywhere in the world.
This first story involved people searching for bargained items in the annual Black Friday (the start of the Christmas shopping season) in the United States and an unfortunate part-time employee of Wal-Marts.
A 34-year old employee of Wal-Marts was knocked down by the eager on-rushing shopping crowd and trampled to death. This happened when he was opening the doors to start business. Thousands of early morning shoppers rushed on in as the doors were being unlocked. An eye-witness said the employee was “stepped on by hundreds of people” before a space could be cleared to provide him with aid. By the time he was taken to the hospital it was too late to save him.
This anxious shopper-crowd afraid of losing out on bargained items had begun forming outside the store as early as 9p.m. the previous evening.
The second story is about a 84-year-old mother and her her ‘blanket of cats.’
The old lady told the police that she had kept herself warm by covering herself with animals. The house she was staying was in a deplorable conditions and it did not have a working heater. The aged mother claimed she was placed in the home against her will by her own daughter who only came to visit occasionally. The poor old lady is also suffering from congestive heart failure..
In one bedroom, a turkey was found wandering freely around. In the second room, ducks were found and in a third room, there was a dog. There were also ducks, chicken and geese in the backyard. The whole place was filthy with feces piled up high everywhere.
The old mother had to pile the cats on top of each other to keep herself warm when the cold got unbearable.
To me, both are sad stories. They tell of human greed, inconsideration, the herd instinct, irresponsibility and covetousness. The two incidences reveal cruelty, selfishness, insensitivity and thoughtlessness. It is a sad state of affairs. The pains and sorrows felt by the family of the employee on his death and the suffering the poor old mother had undergone in the hands of her unfilial daughter do not speak well of our values and attitudes.
Have we lost the art of dignified living? Have we lost our sense of respect for others? Have we lost them all? Hope we seek more wisdom for ourselves instead of more material things that tend to clutter our lives and make us lose the finer human qualities. May we be so guided.
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