We live in an age when we're all running a rat race. It's a dog-eat-dog world. We're all so self absorbed, consumed with ourselves, we tend to lose sight of the fact that we are after all human beings cohabiting a civil society.
Question is: where do we draw the line? How insensitive can we possibly be?
What prompted this question is a documentation of a recent unfolding of events aboard the Ladies coach of the Delhi Metro. A very perturbed commuter wrote about how she witnessed a sight which actually isn't very uncommon.
She writes about a conversation that ensued between a pregnant lady and a young woman aboard a very crowded train.
The way the young girl reacted to the pregnant woman's request for her to vacate her seat is a glaring example of what is wrong with our world.
"I was aghast at the conversation.
Pregnant lady – Please give me seat
Young lady – No!
Pregnant lady – I have to go all the way to Dwarka
Young lady – Even I have to
Pregnant lady – I am pregnant. That’s why I am asking for the seat
Young lady – So? What can I do?
Pregnant lady – So please give me seat
Young lady – Go from here. I will not give you seat. Ask someone else
Pregnant lady – But why?
Young lady – Because I want to sit"
The young woman hid her face and plugged in her earphones, pretending to be oblivious to everything, while this picture was being taken.