The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by
men worse than themselves.
When Rosina Hernandez was in college, she once attended a rock concert at which one
young man was brutally beaten by another. No one made an attempt to stop the beating. The
next day she was struck dumb to learn that the youth had died as a result of the pounding.
Yet neither she nor anyone else had raised a hand to help him. She could never forget the
incident or her responsibility as an inactive bystander.
Some years later, Rosina saw another catastrophe. A car driving in the rain ahead of
her suddenly skidded and plunged into Biscayne Bay. The car landed head down in the water
with only the tail end showing. In a moment a woman appeared on the surface, shouting for
help and saying her husband was stuck inside.
This time Rosina waited for no one. She plunged into the water, tried unsuccessfully to
open the car door, then pounded on the back window as other bystanders stood on the
causeway and watched. First she screamed at them, begging for help, then cursed them,
telling them there was a man dying in the car.
First one man, then another, finally came to help. Together they broke the safety glass
and dragged the man out. They were just in time -- a few minutes later it would have been
The woman thanked Rosina for saving her husband, and Rosina was elated, riding an
emotional high that lasted for weeks. She had promised herself that she would never again
fail to do anything she could to save a human live. She had made good on her promise.
& Pieces, June 24, 1993, pp. 20-21.
The nice thing about apathy is you don't have to exert yourself to show you're sincere
Did you hear about the company that makes blank bumper stickers? They're for people who
don't want to get involved.