Empathy: Tragically Not Everyone Has It

Empathy is not something everyone has. And in this digital obsessed society, things seem to be going downhill, fast. People (mainly young adults) seem to be more concerned with getting “likes” to boost their social media presence rather than caring about the feelings of others. In the past few weeks alone, there were two tragic incidents where cell phone videos captured young people on their worst behavior.

On July 9, 2017, four teenagers in Cocoa, Florida stood by videotaping and laughing as a disabled man struggled for his life in a pond. Apparently, it didn’t seem odd to them that the man was fully clothed in the water. They are heard on the tape telling him to get out of the water as they laugh and mock him. No one intervened or called for assistance and the man eventually drowned. The teens posted the video on social media sites.

Not only did they lack compassion and empathy for the drowning man, they committed a criminal act by failing to report his death. They weren’t required to help him while he struggled in the water, but once he drowned, they had a duty to report the incident. They didn’t.

Jamel Dunn drowns
Source: AP

Now the group of 14 to 16-year olds are being brought up on first-degree misdemeanor charges. It’s sad because they thought filming the incident and posting a video was more important. In another tragic accident, a young woman in California live-streamed as she drove drunk and eventually crashed the car she was driving.

In another tragic accident, a young woman in California live-streamed as she drove drunk and eventually crashed the car she was driving. Her 14-year old sister was thrown from the car and killed. The police have all the evidence they need about the accident because it was placed online by the driver. The girl’s father said the driver feels bad for herself, but wasn’t concerned that she killed her little sister.

No empathy. The world we live in is going downhill, fast.