The answers to two out of the three life-threatening scenarios were “no brainers.” I can’t imagine anyone not trying to help a suicidal person or prevent a would-be drunk driver from getting behind the wheel.
But the third scenario—overhearing a weeping teenage girl talk to her friend about her surprise pregnancy, asking for advice—that’s a little more complicated, isn’t it?
Why is it socially appropriate (dare I say “morally expected”?) that one would intervene to save the life of a complete stranger who wanted to kill himself or protect people we’ll never even meet from being in the path of a drunk driver? Yet, when it involves a young girl talking about ending her pregnancy, culture would demand, “Hush up…mind your own business!”
If we don’t know what we would do, it’s usually because we’re unsure about what we could do. Consider these three options:
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