That is called “bystander apathy.” You know the old saying, “There’s safety in numbers”??? It’s a lie. It’s actually been proven that the larger a crowd is, the less likely an individual will be to help another individual. They will look to others to provide assistance. That’s known as “diffusion of responsibility.” In fact, the only way that most people will provide aid is if a police officer, fireman, doctor, or some other “higher up” tells them directly to do so. This is because they are singled out and the responsibility to act is then placed directly on them, but they always have the safety net of saying, “I just did what that cop told me to do. It’s not my fault.”
It’s a serious problem that we have in our society. Bystander apathy is a disgusting fact of our lives in our current civilization and one that all Jedi must strive to extinguish.
Want more terrible stories? How about a little girl that was raped in a bathroom? The friend of the rapist walked in, saw what the guy was doing and then walked out of the bathroom. The rapist then broke the little girl’s neck. He is in prison. The friend? Yeah right. He has stated that the publicity of the case has actually gotten him more dates.
Or how about this one? Look up Kitty Genovese.
Or maybe this little story: A man had gotten very angry with his girlfriend. She happened to be a dog breeder. In front of around thirty people, he took the puppies and broke their necks and then threw them into the garbage. Not one of those thirty people did anything. Finally, the man grabbed the woman, and the mama dog and jumped in a truck and drove away. A child finally contacted police.
Sorry, this is something that bothers me to the upteenth level.