Today I saw such cruelty. I mean, I can't even believe that it was happening and yet it did. For the past two days, it has snowed in Detroit leaving snowbanks everywhere, making cars slow down and pedestrians walk out in the streets because the sidewalks are snow-covered.
I was coming from a breakfast run, driving down Woodward, one of the main roads in the city. I see something moving on one of the islands separating the traffic going west and east. I thought it was a dog, trying to time when he should run across this busy street. As I got closer, it became clear that it was not a dog. It was an elderly man, struggling to lift himself up from the snow. In one hand was his metal cane, that he was trying to keep hold of while desperately trying to pull himself up with his free hand. It wasn't working. He just continued to fall further in the snow.
Now, this isn't happening on some isolated street where one car comes by every hour. This is happening on Woodward Avenue between Seven Mile and Six Mile at 8:30 in the morning. Hundreds of vehicles are on the street going back and forth. No one was stopping. Maybe they were driving too fast they didn't see him. That is the best scenario. Everything else I think of as to why this man was not getting help just makes me feel bad about humanity. Was he being mistaken for a homeless person or a drunkard? Was it because he was black? Was it that the fear of picking up a stranger was stronger than the desire to help another human being? Was it that getting to the job on time was more important than helping someone in need? My life is a little slower than most. I saw this man and parked my car and gave him a helping hand. He wasn't going far. Maybe another ten blocks. He was on his way to catch the bus to his doctor's appointment when he fell in that snowbank. I gave him a ride to the medical center. He called me an angel. I begged to differ. I don't think angels get mad, which is precisely what I was after seeing him in that position. What is wrong with us? Have we become so detached and so automatic and frightened that we can not make simple decisions to help? It is no wonder that we have the leadership we have in this country and all of the chaotic nonsense in our lives. We have gone crazy. The world needs a big slap across our faces. Wake up, people. Wake the hell up.