Recently, on my commute home from work, I encountered car problems.
After pulling into a nearby development to resolve the issue, I could not restart the engine.
Fortunately — or so I thought — I was parked near a house whose residents were at home.
Rather than trouble my wife to make the drive out to jump the engine, and having cables at the ready, I politely explained my situation and asked for help. They flat out refused — without reason or explanation.
I graciously accepted their response and contacted my wife to come to my aid.
Although I cannot fault the would-be Samaritan for denying me assistance, it was a focus of reflection on the rest of my ride home at the state that our society has regressed to.
Understandably, there are many threats today, amplified by the media’s sensational reporting. But I am disheartened by the absence of good will and compassion within the boundaries of our own “happy” town.
If we cannot change the world, one person, one act at a time, it’s no wonder the global community is collapsing from the inside out.
If not me, who? If not now, when?
Dan Turenne, Port Matilda