Sunday, 22 September 2013
When is it Right to Interfere?
Despite myself, I found myself admiring the painstaking work going in to the web, and also the patience of this ghastly unfavourite creature.
Quite without any warning a huge bumble bee suddenly got caught and without a second's thought I leapt out of the house, whizzed my hands round and round the captured creature which was hanging helplessly by now and as it dropped to a lower branch of the shrub I pulled away a further thread.
Back in the house I could no longer see the bee but the spider was steadily working on its repairs, ready for the next unfortunate victim and I wondered guiltily if a, I had any right to interfere, b, whether the bee had survived, and last but not least, just how far human intervention should go.
Take this a step further and we are faced with situations like the one reported last week of the poor starved and tortured little boy who died so tragically at the hands of his own mother.
"Unthinkable", "How could anyone do that to a small helpless soul" "Why didn't someone do something"?
Well the failures of all the individuals concerned, school, social workers, G. P. , are well documented and not for the first time, but this begs the question, why?
Surely not all those listed who saw various aspects of this child's ill-treatment, were afraid to interfere, somehow assuming that 'someone else' would report what they saw.
Is there then a culture of 'minding ones own business', to the exclusion of everything and everyone else?
How do journalists and photographers who go to film and record accidents, atrocities, violence on any scale, somehow contrive to reflect what is happening without becoming involved?
When does intervention become interference and what is it that prevents good, normal, kindly people from taking that step over the line. Is it fear, indifference (surely not), embarrassment, I don't know, but there are serious questions here. Does anyone have answers?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 5:24:00 pm