Chinese Toddler Hit-And-Run Death Begs The Question: Is Apathy An Epidemic? (NSFW)

Chinese Toddler Hit-And-Run Death Begs The Question: Is Apathy An Epidemic? (NSFW)
October 27, 2011 Leslie Juvin-Acker

During the evening of October thirteenth, a two-year-old toddler named Wang Yueyue’s was wandering around a market alley way when a van struck the little girl and continued after stopping for a moment. Another van ran over the child and around eighteen passers by did nothing to assist little Wang Yue. An elderly rag collector wandering around the alley saw the child, called for help and it is only then that the baby obtained an emergency surgery in Foshan and was transferred to a military hospital in the capital of Guangzhou. Despite all the medical attention and intervention, Yueyue is reported to have died between the sixteenth and the 21st of October.

The incident was recorded on a surveillance camera and after China’s state media obtained and aired the footage the same day, the disturbing film has since spread around the world.

[box type=”warning”] This video is not safe for work (NSFW). If you choose to watch this film, remember it contains disturbing images. I know for sure I let out a few loud wails of heartbreak myself. [/box]

The Chinese authorities were able to obtain the two drivers. Before turning himself in, the first driver heartlessly responded to the media, “If she is dead, I may pay only about 20,000 yuan ($3,125). But if she is injured, it may cost me hundreds of thousands yuan.”

“What’s up with people these days? They make so many excuses to turn a blind eye. The society is so indifferent, so heartless.” Yueyue’s father.

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In a similar situation in China, a man struck a five year old boy and purposely reversed over him, trapping him in his wheels, dragging his body for thirty feet to ensure he killed the child. Doing so, he reasoned would reduce the amount of compensation he would have to pay the child’s family.

The people of China are horrified by these incidents, however some commentary points out that China’s police and justice system is so corrupt that people are afraid to intervene due to being held responsible for any financial payments like the 2006 judgement of a good samaritan woman who was wrongly held financially responsible for helping a woman get to a hospital.

I see this situation and it begs the question is apathy an epidemic? As a society, we’ve created silly laws and punishments for doing the morally right thing and people have become so afraid and so worried about the consequences that they turn away in droves. Eventually, we’ve become so hardened that we are not even interested anymore to help our own people.

We create our own oppression not just by allowing our governments to use and abuse systems, but as communities. When strength comes in numbers, it’s a shame to see large communities take an every man for himself mentality. Even if the group is weak, we have the power of the self, on the individual level to do what is right, such as the scavenger that called for help on behalf of the child. We allow ourselves to feel powerless and consequently take on an attitude of apathy, an external reflection of our how we view ourselves: alone and powerless.

What do you think? Is apathy an epidemic? Do we create our own spiritual sickness through apathy and oppression?

 

Sources:

http://english.sina.com/china/p/2011/1016/405462.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8830790/Chinese-toddler-run-over-twice-after-being-left-on-street.html

 

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