This post is going to be very depressing.
My cousin died today. We weren't close. He was 17 years old, and actually related to me only by marriage. That doesn't make what happened to him any less tragic.
Michael drowned in the Choptank river trying to save a friend. His friend survived but he didn't. There was a large group of ignorant teenagers watching from the dock. Michael got within 15 feet or so from the dock and was crying out for help, and the on-lookers stared and laughed. They watched him drown. The group is in police custody now, but it's useless. The damage has been done. Can you imagine seeing people within feet of you as you're drowning? He broke water 3 different times, and it was all for nothing.
My cousin would have graduated in a few weeks. I haven't seen him in years. Actually, since I was 18 probably. I can't imagine being so cold and deranged to watch someone drown. I believe I would help ANYONE in that situation. I feel so terrible for Michael's mother and father and siblings. His whole family is torn up over this (obviously).
This is really hitting home for me because I have brought a child into this fucked up world. A world where no one does anything to help. Where they're so terrible and cold that they let a child be taken/drowned/hurt whatever. We've all seen those videos of people pretending to kidnap children in populated areas and no one does anything. How can we raise a child in this world without some trust in humanity? I swear I will always be that person that will look out for people. I will never let something bad within my knowledge happen to someone else. I will always do the right thing because I need to make sure that something like this will never happen to my child. We all need to reconsider our values because we really need to trust each other to look out for each other. What is this life for if we can't?