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Posted by Waspie_Dwarf , in Important stuff 29 September 2007 · 115 views

A few years I go a sat a psychometric test in work. It told me very little about myself that I didn't already know. I agreed with virtually all the conclusions except one. The test claimed that I didn't care about other peoples feelings. I don't believe that tom be true. I care deeply, I just don't know how to express it. I don't know how to approach people that are feeling great pain, that doesn't mean I don't feel for them or care for them.

In the last two days I have felt very confused by feelings and by events in which I was not involved.

On Thursday evening at around 8:00 pm there was a knock at my door. When I opened it I was faced with a female community support officer of the Metropolitan Police. I was a bit surprised by this (in the fact that she must have been close to being the shortest police officer in the World). She was helping to conduct door to door enquires. She told me that on the 7th of September there had been a brutal assault on two people, one of them a 14 year old girl. I asked her where and she pointed to just over the way from me. Had I opened my front door this assault would have been in plain site only about 50 feet from me.

I told her that I had been out that night an had heard nothing. Only after she had gone did I realise that I had been indoors watching TV when this assault happened. This doesn't change the fact that I heard nothing, but it caused me to think. If I had seen what was going on could I have made a difference. I can not believe that I would have done nothing, I would have at least called the police, but how far would I have gone? Would I have been brave enough to intervene. Would I have been proud of myself? Would I have got hurt? Would I have been a coward? I really don't know, but I couldn't help spending the next few hours feeling that if only I had heard the commotion two teenagers may not have been hurt.

I know that it is not my fault but I feel impotent that something happened so close t me and I knew nothing about it.

This feeling of impotence was magnified even more at lunch time today. Whilst I added a few posts to the Space News section I had the TV news on in the background. On the local London news there was an article about a 14 year old boy from Doncaster (a town in South Yorkshire - in the North of England). He had inexplicably left home and come to London. His mother was in London searching for him but he had not been seen in two weeks. This was all background, I wasn't really taking it in... until they gave his name and that of his mother. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up. I had met the mother and knew of the boy (although I had never met him). The boy's father was my best friend at school.

These sort of stories are common on TV but you never expect them to happen to someone you know.

My thoughts are with the Gosden family. I don't believe in a god myself, but if you have read this and you believe then please give a little prayer for the safe return of Andrew Gosden (and all the missing children) to their parents.

I might not be good at expressing it but believe me I care, I really care.




Just put the family on my prayer list.  original.gif
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I have a feeling that if you are asking yourself those questions you probably would have helped if you had heard someone in distress. thumbsup.gif
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Well, throwing yourself into the frey wouldn't have helped anyway. Dialing 911 (or whatever the emergency number is for you guys across the pond) would have been the way to go. I'm certain you would have called had you heard anything. Hopefully, some increased police patrols in your area will have some beneficial affect.
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I don't pray myself, but my thoughts are with the families.
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