A little background info: I’m in the rather peculiar circumstance of being in college at age 28. Peculiar because I’m not pursuing a medical or law degree. Due to my age and accumulated cynicism about the world I frequently have to bite my tongue when my younger fellow students say things that are a bit well, misinformed. I don’t want to be seen as the grumpy old man on campus and besides, I was (and am still, mostly) young and stupid myself. Today, I witnessed something especially disappointing.
Jesus Christ, what an asshole.
1. Jaywalking is up 800% but they’re only writing 100 tickets a month. That means 1 out of ever 150,000 people in the city on a given day get ticketed for jaywalking. 1 in 150,000 constitutes an extremely rare event.
2. You’re right, I’d stop every single time a cop asked me to, unless someone I loved was dying, in which case I would ignore everyone and keep running. This is where the phrase “life or death situation” comes from.
3. I’m not assuming an EMT wasn’t present because there was a cop on the phone, I’m assuming an EMT wasn’t present because people don’t typically die from heart attacks when under the supervision of an EMT. They have the equipment to stabilize your heart. I didn’t say it was impossible, I said it was highly unlikely, and it is.
4. By “coherent” I mean able to make decisions, such as the decision to have a (in your scenario) non attending police officer locate her phone and call her nephew/niece. This is much more than being able to speak. The OP wasn’t claiming someone called them from the ER (a very likely situation), the OP claimed someone called them from the scene (very unlikely).
Again, I didn’t say that these things were impossible, they are all possible, almost anything you can imagine is possible. What I said is that they were highly unlikely. When you have a series of highly unlikely events leading up to something, the probability of that event decreases exponentially,
Furthermore, it seems that you don’t understand empathy. When you comment on a Facebook post that someone should “sue that pig!” you aren’t empathizing with someone, you’re sympathizing. There’s a huge difference: one is helpful and one isn’t.
I didn’t claim to be objective, anywhere. For future reference, though, something that is “patently” anything doesn’t need to be argued. You’re correct that it isn’t up to me to police anyone’s outrage, I’m simply using an exemplary situation to comment on a widespread trend that I’m noticing. It’s also not up to me to make anyone feel better, it’s not up to you either, it doesn’t help and it contributes to the exact problem that I was addressing.