Thursday, December 11, 2014

Interference



Written by: Satomi Brown

Scenario: A man and a woman are arguing on a busy street. People are walking by them, trying to stay out of their way. Many of these people look back as they pass these “dysfunctional” strangers. Some even think that they should go back and ask if the woman needs any help. No one’s really concerned about the man since he is assumed to be the aggressor of the two. What would you do in this situation? 



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Most people will not try to interfere with an argument between two strangers. Why is this? I think for a variety of different reasons. It could be because they don’t want to intrude, they don’t feel they have the right, they are scared of what may happen to them in the process of interfering, they don’t think it’s that bad…I mean, EVERYONE argues and has problems in their relationships, right? Is this an appropriate reason to not “interfere”? I happen to believe that it’s not.

If you and I do not stand up for what is right and for someone else who may be defenseless, how could we ever expect for someone else to step in and defend us when we need help? I understand the fear that may be associated with not wanting to “interfere” and the “it’s none of my business attitude” but we have to be willing to fight for each other. I think that is what is wrong with society today. No one is willing to help out their fellow man. It is because of this that so much negativity is taking place.

Even more so, what do many of us teach our children? We teach them that they should not talk to strangers, right? However, everyone is a stranger in the beginning and if they do not talk to strangers how will they ever get to know anyone? It is this kind of mentality that needs to be seriously revamped and renewed. Not everyone is an abuser, just like not everyone is abused. That man and woman on the street, yelling and screaming at the top of their lungs, may or may not have an abusive relationship, but how do we know unless we “interfere” and at least ask if either of them needs our help?

Just giving you something to think about…

#LetsStopDV


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