The PJ Tatler

What Have We Become?

Watching Fox News this morning, this story really caught my attention:

A World War II veteran said nobody helped him in the minutes after he was attacked and carjacked during daylight at a busy Detroit gas station and he had to crawl across a concrete parking lot to get help.

A roughly four-minute surveillance video shows 86-year-old Aaron Brantley struggling to get from the fuel pump to the gas station’s door as people walked and drove by him Wednesday morning. The video was first obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

“I’m crawling and trying to get in the filing station. [People] just walking right by me and going on in the filling station there … If I saw somebody crawling like that on the ground, I would have stopped myself,” Brantley told myFOXdetroit.com.

Brantley was unable to walk because his leg was broken in the attack. The carjacker knocked him down, took his keys and drove off in his car about 10:40 a.m.

“I was trying to go in … and see if somebody could call the police and an ambulance because I couldn’t stand. I had to crawl — I tried two or three times to get up,” Brantley said Saturday. He said he was on way home from Bible study when he stopped to put gas in his 2010 Chrysler 200, which he recently bought to replace another car that had been stolen.

Brantley said as he approached the building, he asked a woman to open the door for him. He said at first it appeared she wasn’t going to but she did and then kept walking. He found it distressing that nobody helped him.

“Any time a person is crawling on the ground, you know something happened to them,” Brantley said.

How far have we descended in this nation that people would walk right by an elderly man crawling in a gas station during the day? Have our morals, has our –dare I say the word — honor deteriorated so much that we do not care about those that obviously need assistance?

There was a time in this nation when someone like Aaron Brantley would have had several people around him trying to help him, maybe even chasing after the carjacker. What has happened to us that no one was willing to help him in 2012?

I have my own theories, but I’d like to hear yours. Please use the comments to discuss.