In these days, is it worth it being a Good Samaritan?

June 20, 2007 at 1:10 pm | Posted in All, Australia, Health, Life et al, Melbourne | 1 Comment

The shooting incident in Melbourne CBD on Monday the 18th has prompted a lot people to ask if it is worth it being a Good Samaritan.

One person died and two more were injured after being shot when they tried stopping a man attacking a woman. The gunman who is still at large has been named since.

So where does one draw the line in helping others? What I mean by others here is that people you do not know.

In situations such as this, where a man is hurting a woman, would you think twice about helping her? Being a woman myself, I don’t think I can would even try to stop a man trying to hurt someone. I’d rather call the police. When one is angry or stressed, one does not think rationally and can be very capable of doing stupid things.

According to Better Health

Anger is a powerful emotion. If it isn’t handled appropriately, it may have destructive results. Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault and self-harm. On the other hand, well managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates you to make positive changes.

Anger triggers the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response. Other emotions that trigger this response include fear, excitement and anxiety. The adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. Heart rate, blood pressure and respiration increase, the body temperature rises and the skin perspires. The mind is sharpened and focused.

We all know that adrenalin rush can do wonders to the physical and mental strength of a person.

But I digress. I happened to be listening to Light 89.9 FM on my way to work the next day of the unfortunate incident. The hosts were taking calls from listeners and airing their views on helping others and being a Good Samaritan. Some say they would still help but they will have to size up the situation first. Others say, just call the police which I think is the right thing to do. Clearly, people’s views have been somehow influenced by this sad event.

If being a Good Samaritan would put me and my loved one’s life at risk, I’d rather shut up and let authorities handle the situation.

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  1. […] been busy lately catching up with old time high school classmates and friends. On the day of the Melbourne shooting incident, I met up with one of my closest friends in my first year high school. She now lives in Perth and […]


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