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Originally posted by solo1
this is an American concept
Canadians for the most part would stop to help
but we do not have near as many gun carrying crazy people up here
In America I don't think I would stop either
But I certainly would make a bee line to call police.
Originally posted by adamneldon
It is simply dangerous to pick up a stranger(or 2) at midnight in the middle of nowhere. I would never let a stranger in my car, BUT I would have slowed down and asked if there was someone I could get in touch with for you. Anyone can turn on their hazard lights.
Think about this. Would you want to get a call from the police saying that your spouse/family is never coming home again because they tried to help the wrong stranger?
Its just not worth it anymore to trust people you don't know. I do understand your frustration though and like I said, I would help with out putting myself at risk.
Originally posted by Karlhungis
I believe that your sense of self preservation outweighs your sense of moral justice. Whether it is justifiable fear or not, most people will try to protect themselves.
Originally posted by BlackOps719
Morality is a man made concept....fear is as primal and as automatic as breathing or sleeping.
Fear is what will save your butt, that whole fight or flight mechanism that we humans have developed over the ages.
Morality is whatever a person thinks it is, and one mans morals are not always the same as others. Fear is instinct that is basic to survival, and survival is the ultimate goal.
Survival trumps morality all day every day. And unfortunately in this day and age it doiesn't pay to trust strangers and it isn't really a great idea to stop for random people on the side of the road.
In 2008 being a good samaritan can cost you your life.
Originally posted by mrsdudara
I wouldnt not have stopped either. I am a woman, and usually have my kids with me. That is a big no no. I would call the police if I saw that you didnt have a cell phone you were already talking on, or if I didnt think you had everything under controll.
My husband would stop if he was by himself, and that is cool with me. He carries though so no worries. That is probably why the one who stopped for you was a single man.
Too many crazies in this world. Im not going to flip a coin with my childrens lives. No way dude.
I would help from a distance though. Even then though, it usually takes police forever to help out.
Originally posted by sc2099
Canadians are just as likely to pass by if they see stranded people. I see them doing it every day. Nothing stands between most people and their commute to work or home. And fear is international.
Personally, as a woman, I will not stop to help anyone except an elderly person. Not even a woman my age because they could just as easily be high on drugs or psychotic. If I saw someone stranded in the middle of nowhere I would offer to call someone for them or send a tow truck from a service station, but unless they were 65+ and looked too weak to hurt me, I'm not getting out of the car or letting them in mine.
I think it also depends where you are. When I've been broken down in the South (US) lots of people stopped and asked if I needed help. But I am also a a woman and don't pose much of a threat to a man by myself. OP, where do you live if you don't mind me asking?
I once picked up a young guy walking with a gas can when I was in high school. After I let him in I wondered if this would be the last ride I ever took, so I'll never make that mistake again.
Originally posted by Alexander_Supertramp
Did you ask him why he was carrying a gas can?
Originally posted by Alexander_Supertramp
reply to post by sc2099
Ah, the good ol' MSM. Gotta love 'em!! *end sarcasm.*
Also this brought another question into my mind: is fear an evolutionary advantage or disadvantage? I know most will say advantage because fear allows us to stay alive and avoid threats, yet truly living is more than survival, for me anyways. Enjoyment, excitement, experience, etc. are so much greater than mere existence.
[edit on 31-7-2008 by Alexander_Supertramp]
Originally posted by nine-eyed-eel
I vote fear is a drop-dead-definite advantage, tastes good and it's good for ya...
For sideways proof I would adduce pain vs. pleasure as an analogy...In my experience extreme pain hurts much more than extreme pleasure feels good...I could easily imagine this as being evolutionarily selected for...the bad stuff, the pain, the fear, induces the sluggish lazy creature to READ THE MANUAL, BUDDY, OH THIS DOES NOT LOOK GOOD...Know what I'm (poorly) saying?