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Modern law of extreme situations: Every callous man for himself

19.04.2012  |  19:10

The generation which is growing up in an era of chaos, has become extremely callous towards events which take place. An incident on the Moscow Metro, when an escalator sharply stopped, but the hand-rail continued to move, once again forced people to think about the kind of society we are living in, what kind of role we play in it

The motto of modern day youth: "Every man for himself." The generation which is growing up in an era of chaos, has become extremely callous towards events which take place. To be callous means to be indifferent, heartless. You can find the word "indifferent" in an internet dictionary and view an article in which its used: on Nihilism, dementia (the weakening of the mind), Liberalism, Egoism... An incident on the Moscow Metro, when an escalator sharply stopped, but the hand-rail continued to move, (click here to see the video) once again forced people to think about the kind of society we are living in, what kind of role we play in it and about how it is sure to end badly. But the worst thing of all is the human indifference to others. The young people who managed to jump onto a crossing point between the escalators managed to get themselves down more or less safely, not rushing to help those who were falling or had already fallen down. Some looked around and walked away.

Others watched the event unfolding. And some, in keeping with the Russian traditional habits of the 21st century, got our their mobiles and started filming the events around them on their phones. Some said, "Surely it's not a tragedy? After all, everyone's alive, who needed saving?" But people behaved equally callously both when an escalator stops sharply and when a terrorist attack occurs. Irina Resova, Head Editor of the Journal "The PRO Association" was a witness to a terrorist attack at Lubyanka station two years ago. She tells Pravda.ru about what she saw. "The first thing that surprised me was that people immediately understood what was happening.

I understand that the smell of blood in extreme cases can incite people and even in such situations people are trying first and foremost to look after themselves. They took out their phones, and started filming with enthusiasm whilst other people needed help to sort the situation out.

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It was mainly the young people that were filming, young men, those who really could have helped. Every one of those people, those who were afraid, were left to fend for themselves. They behaved in a detatched manner, they were for some reason so sure that they were going to come out of this catastrophe alive.

The people who helped those who were suffering were mainly people from the older generation. Why do you think that is? Because they understand better what is meant by humanity. Young people were not witness to the great events of history, which rallied people, they just don't know anything about it. Many people accuse journalists of callousness because they film things and show that they are prepared to pay for sensationalism.

But it is the people who are to blame, those who happily finish the filming for them. Young people today would rather go hungry if it means that they can buy an Iphone with their last bit of cash. For them, the tragedy was like a party; at the Lubyanka the guys just gathered near the escalator near the exits, they didn't help, they didn't leave.

They just crowded around and got in the way of the action. Why have people become so cruel? A megacity breeds alienation and callousness. A big city spoils and restricts people. They want to escape and have their freedom. In small towns, which I often go to, the people are different. They don't hurry anywhere, they will take you somewhere, show you it and talk to you about it.

It's been 2 years since the terrorist attack and I am still afraid, but not of another explosion, but of the fact that people would push me away and not help me. How do you think those people who needed help felt, when they saw that they were the subject of a video camera in this situation, and, as it turned out, had to help themselves? Those people who suffered are the ones that saw the tragedy, who took part in it; the memory will not go stale. And those young people who stood on the platform and watched, who grew up in an era of chaos, who were brought up in the era of reorganisation, have not yet seen bitterness, and they will never understand. Irina, in what way do you think hat we can remedy the situation today? Is callousness capable of generating only more callousness? There needs to be a new generation, who will be brought up on different values. I think that everything is not yet lost, because there are people who are prepared to help. It's as though the tragedy is next to you, but doesn't concern you. It's a Hollywood thriller in 4D.

You have the full effect of being present but also the deep conviction that it doesn't concern you, you want and then carry on living your life. And waiting undoubtedly to watch the next "film". Indifference is the sense that you are alone. You are entirely indifferent and are prepared for the fact that people will treat you the same way. Indifference is a defence mechanism; nothing is happening, nothing concerns me. It prevents you from feeling, living, from empathising.

Indifferent people are doomed to loneliness. Dmitry Sisoev, a priest, wrote that the worst thing is to wait for your soul to go to hell, not to the searing flames but to a place where the soul is utterly alone. "Hell is a place of eternal loneliness," wrote the priest.

It seems that we have consciously begun to create a Hell for ourselves on earth. A Facebook user, discussing the behaviour of those who didn't help, writes, "In order to save, you need a physical point of support, and in that situation there was no such thing." It is interesting; did 7 year-old Anya Bugaeva from the village of Ragula in Apanasenskov Province on the Stavropol border think about the point of support when she saved the lives of two children in February? 8 year-old Olivia Vitokshkina and 4 year-old Artyem Klimenko were playing on an improvised skating rink which they had made from a water-filled hole. The ice cracked and the children fell under the water. Anya did not do a sketch for to calculate the point of support, she did not think about where she might get diving equipment from; the little girl understand that there was no time to run and call the adults, and she herself pulled the children out of the icy water. Did Major Solnechikov think about the point of support for 4 or 5 seconds when he took decision to save an 18 year old soldier's life with his own? During training, when the fighting grenade fell into the parapet of an entrenchment and it rolled up to Sergey Solnechnikov's feet, the major covered the grenade with his body. In this man his parents instilled honor, boldness and courage In Matthew's Gospel, chapter 24, where it discuss the signs of the Last Days, there is the 12th verse: "And because of lawless multiplication, in many love will grow cold." Perhaps whilst there are people who are able to love their nearest and dearest, who are able to sympathise and help one another, we have the hope of being saved? Just as a drop of holy water is able to consecrate a reservoir, it would be a great thing to trust in those good deeds which are performed by people, and which are capable of disinfecting the malignant "cages" of our society; callousness, indifference, alienation and loneliness. Marina Arapidi Pravda.Ru Translated by Emily Ferris Read the original in Russian .



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