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Would you stop to help?

A lot of the news we hear is bad news – I suppose that’s just an indication of the kind of world we live in today.

But one story I heard recently really troubled me, and got me thinking about our diminished capacity for compassion in the individualistic, narcissistic, social-media soaked world we inhabit.

In 2006, Delmae Barton, a 66-year-old Indigenous opera singer was waiting at a bus stop at Griffith University in Brisbane when she had a stroke and collapsed on the pavement.  Security cameras recorded her ordeal.

Over the next five hours, more than one thousand people passed by until a group of Japanese students found her and sought help.  She later recovered and sued the University.

It reminds me of the story Jesus told of the Good Samaritan: sometimes the most unlikely person can be the one who has compassion and stops to help someone in need.  That person could be you.

Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 15 July 2012.

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Rod Benson

Theologian, researcher, teacher, writer, foodie, husband, dad. Works at Moore Theological College.

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