posted on Aug, 21 2011 @ 09:11 AM
I've been a member for awhile..never posted,just read,absorb,nod or laugh depending on the tone of opinionated responses given to a topic.I have read
nearly this entire thread,and I am not laughing.And since so many are throwing down personal opinion,I may as well too.
FIRST-None of this unwillingness to 'step in' on behalf of another is a result of a decline in the our male population's masculinity and potency.
It is nothing to do with gender. It is a sign of societal conditioning,and a fear of consequences.The moment you step into the fray,you risk all sorts
of possible inconveniences..and nobody wants that,now do they.Me? I watch and listen,carefully,before making the decision whether or not to stand up.
If I saw ANYone beating down a child/young adult/adolescent in the street,I'd step to it without hesitation,damn the consequences.Not all of us have
it within ourselves to risk personal harm.Fear keeps people rooted to the spot,nothing more,nothing less.I could call ANYone who doesn't step up a
coward..gender aside.That is my opinion,and I honestly don't buy any excuses for why people don't.We have all witnessed public beatings etc..We all
can relate stories,those of us who have been around awhile at any rate.Do I step up? You bet. Have,many times.Will again if called to it.I am of the
school of thought that if you see a wrong and can right it,do it.We are our brother's keeper kinda thing.But obviously,that's just me..We each make
our own choices based on what lives,or doesn't,inside us.
SECOND-To the OP,well done,and thank you.Because of what you and those two women did,that young lady knows beyond doubt that there ARE still flesh and
blood saviors out there,and that gives her a whole different perspective,let's her know that there is still good in this world,people who care enough
to be there to prove that his treatment of her is unacceptable and CAN be stopped,and perhaps that is enough to give her the courage to choose to
fight for herself and live on to see better days in her life..a life barely begun and full of promise and opportunity.So the next time any of you see
something like that go down,step up.Break the cycle of fear and complacency. Oh,and do have a nice day.
"Out between ides of right doing and wrong doing there is a field. I will meet you there."-Rumi