The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan.

A stranger who helps someone they don’t know – in fact, someone they might usually shun by mere association.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Good_Samaritan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Samaritan_law

Truth is, I was going to review the iPad this week but then this story caught my eye:

http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/posted/archive/2010/04/27/428895.aspx

It is a simple story. A homeless man intervenes in a fight. Gets stabbed. Lies on a well-travelled street, bleeding to death, while people walk by ignoring him. Gets phone tagged by one mobile voyeur. All while high-tech video surveillance cameras record the sad ordeal. Finally, one person calls 911 Emergency Services – too late; he dies.

So in our world of social networking; always on; oversharing; never off the grid; in contact; 24/7 – you get the picture – we let a man die by almost purposeful neglect.

The question is are we losing our humanity because we have become so cyber? And if we are, what about the younger generation behind us whose only frame of reference is “Cloud Relationships”?

The question is on the minds of many:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/fashion/02BEST.html?sq=kids%20and%20reading&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=2&adxnnlx=1272805568-Rlxa9o+6njDE2EYMnQoA0Q

And should be on our minds as well – as the impact affects all human interactions.

Listen:

Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn’t have to experience it.”  Max Frisch

We have all seen the movies and read the books and listened to the prophets of doom – I’d posit that a bleeding man lying unaided and dying on the street while his photo flashes through the mobile ether is way scarier and closer to home.

What do you think?

And one last thought – cynical as it may be:

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three.”  Alice Kahn

And if you press 1, 2 or 4 – be prepared….

Inspired by JR.

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