We should not give up civil courage

April 12, 2023 | 06:08 pm PT
We should not give up civil courage
People come to help a truck driver after the vehicle flips over in central Khanh Hoa Province in 2022. Photo by Road Management Department in central Vietnam
We should create an environment where people are not afraid of possible trouble when coming up to help strangers on the street, readers said.

"It is sad, I would like to say even more appalling, to give up civil courage. That is what humanity is all about. Otherwise we are no different from animals. That there have been and will be unfortunate misinterpretations is inevitable, alas, sad. But give up humanity for that, please don't. I wish for everyone the courage to be a hero in times of need, even if it is not thanked. I will never forget when I was a child, an old woman fell, my sister and I froze from shock but our father ran to her and helped her so far. Afterwards I was so ashamed not to have helped her myself that it was a wake-up call for civil courage for my life."

"I recently fell badly on my early morning walk, right on my head and my nose was bleeding. There was a guard just a meter away, he was just staring. It took me 10 times to ask for a handkerchief or something to put on the wound. What kind of a human does that."

"A guy ride into me at speed and crashed. I'm mid 60s and was plodding along. I stopped and picked him up then both the police and crowd punched me. I complained and the police denied it all. Next time I'll video and live Facetime everything."

"It is crucial to create an environment where individuals feel empowered and protected when coming forward to help injured strangers, without fear of negative consequences. By taking a multi-faceted approach that includes legal reforms, community engagement, awareness-raising, and support for victims, we can encourage a culture of compassion and responsibility towards others in need."
Brigita Caplinskaite

"These things happen in the more developed countries as well. People get stabbed onlookers take video."

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