Since then, any thing such as this I learn about I must subvert it. I actually avoid learning about such things because it causes me an enormous level of disconfort, much more so if I learned that I had done such things in the past. I actually will ask someone if they are alright if I see them in such a situation. Now it is pretty much instinctual, I become scared at seeing such a thing and must help. However I won't do this for everyone. When I am a city I won't stop to see some hobo to see if they are alright because they are often a legitmate risk. Unless I see a physical injury on them, then I simply will not hesitate.
interesting that he got help quicker when he was in a suit. was it really because he's "one of the group" then, though? that's kind of a leap of intuition- it could have been for other reasons, like the way he was lying seemed more distressing, or more people happened to walk by when he was there, or something like that.
anyway, this kind of thing is not really surprising, i think it's not about people wanting to conform to a group so much as not wanting to interact with a complete stranger who might not appreciate their assistance and could be dangerous. you could tell the people who passed by wanted something to be done - they were simply unwilling to be the first to lend a hand. actually, maybe it is about conforming.. for the sake of preserving your anonymity and consequent freedoms. kind of sad that that would override ethical considerations..
Hmm, I'm with you on this. I'd much rather help someone who looks down on their luck than someone who looks well-to-do. However if it appears to be a medical emergency, I try to help regardless. Thankfully I've only found someone in a bad situation a few times and I've always had a phone to call for help.I guess it can depend on the situation, but I normally *do* tend to find out if something's wrong, especially if no one else is around - and especially if the person appears poor. I'm more likely to ignore a rich or well-to-do looking individual, because then I think someone's likely to help him or her.
But then, I'm that crazy weirdo that ends up buying a bum a sandwich, or a jacket.