November 14, 2011
By now you’ve no doubt heard about the recent sexual abuse scandal where a revered football coach and university president were fired — not because they committed a crime — but because they failed to report the alleged crime to the proper authorities.
Even though there was an eyewitness who first reported what had transpired.
What are we to make of it?
The Bystander Effect is a term that originated over forty years ago on a street in Queens, New York, where 28 year-old Catherine Genovese was attacked and stabbed 17 times.
Up to 38 people witnessed her death, but not one called the police, which could have saved her life.
Since we can't expect human nature to change in the next thousand years, what do we do?
Some think stronger Do Gooder Laws, like the ones in Quebec, where they seem to feel they had to legislate doing the right thing — making it a crime if you don’t report one.
Helen Keller, who couldn't see or hear, still saw more and understood more than most people:
"Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all — the apathy of human beings.”