Of interest to me is how involved we each are in the lives of those around us; how we hear, how we see those with whom we have some level of contact. To emphasize the plight of missing children, an intriguing experiment was conducted in Orlando, Fla. by Local 6 in which at the entrance to a mall was posted a picture of a small girl and the notice that she was missing. The poster bore the image of an 8-year old paid actress who was situated on a bench inside the mall, as her father watched from a nearby cafe and as other security agents surveyed carefully.
From the dozens of people who passed the child, only two made an attempt to help her. Some seemed to recognize the child to be the same one pictured as missing, yet did nothing, others walked right past her and did not at all notice her. You may want to take a look at the video available on the link and listen to the responses of those who were later interviewed.
Many lessons here, and commentary on our society.
**Sometimes we are fearful to become involved with a child, perhaps thinking our efforts could be misinterpreted.
**On many occasions we are absorbed with our own mission and just do not see signs of a problem within our reach.
**The “This can’t be happening to me,” syndrome in which it seems incomprehensible that we see a sign of a missing child and a few minutes later we actually see the little girl a few feet away from us.
**Sometimes we think we have observed something unusual, go our way, then return to inquire.
**Occasionally, we take responsibility for the problem, and handle it as should be done.
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