I have just watched the mobile-phone video
of the recent car crash which resulted in 4 deaths.
The video itself is indisputably shocking.
The comments, however, are neither shocking nor surprising.
For the most part, commentators, sitting in their homes or offices on comfortable chairs, are outraged by the young guys "who filmed the whole damn thing instead of trying to rescue the passengers".
Well, one of them actually tried to help. He broke into the front glass, letting oxygen in, which basically turned the car salon into a flaming hell.
One person reached out, while the others were either unconscious or dead.
I guess nobody can tell now - anyway, they certainly have died quickly afterward.
Well, for all those showing their anger about operator's "stupidity", "monstrosity" and "violence".
Get out of your chair, go outside, happen to be in an unexpected
extreme situation - and show us both your courage AND ability to think fast&reasonable.
Or just get out of your chair. And off the internet. It'll be better without you.
Now, for the rest of us who stay - what would you do in this case?
Would you try to help, without knowing exactly what and how to do?
Would you film it all on your mobile?
Would you just stand and stare, astonished?
I suppose 90% of the audience would do the last one. No matter how clever and tough we think we are.
And only time would uncover what was the "right" thing to do.
Yep, the first should be calling 01, 911 or whatever number you have in your city.
And then what?
Break the front glass, saving someone to doom all the others?
Wait for help to come?
There's no obvious answer, even now, when time has passed.
I, myself, choose one guaranteed life saved.
Especially considering two small "issues", which are:
1) The time usually needed for firefighters to come (which is from 30 to 60 minutes at my city)
2) The average condition of fire extinguishers which we all are carrying in our cars (you'd be surprised how ineffective these are)
And if that means that the dead guy's mother will curse me - well, that's tough but that's the price of taking decisions and making actions.
The biggest issue such extreme situations pose is - there is no "guarantee".
I guess that's why they are called "extreme".
So, I suppose I would stand and do nothing, while trying to weight the possibility to save someone vs the possibility to kill everyone with flame.
A sad conclusion.