Originally Posted by ta2maki
More logical really. Even your reason to help is selfish. Knowing that "you did the right thing" boosts your self image.
What would I have done? I would probably have stood there and watched a bit to assess the situation and probably would have tried to stop the strangling if it kept going. Choking someone isn't a quick kill and at fist glance its hard to tell which person is the 'bad guy'. But in this video I'd look like an idiot douchebag because I just stood there for the 5 seconds they gave each test subject. In the video, any of the people that walked away might have done so to call the cop that was standing outside the building. It's pretty interesting the assumptions that we make.
And as for your hopes, I agree. Don't count on anyone to help you, nothing good happens when you sit around and wait for others to help.
Well, I have been in a situation where I could have helped or ran away. And I helped. Because it was the right thing to do. It has nothing with me feeling good about it or to boast. For me, it's common sense to jump in. Yes, it's probably stupid because I could get hurt or killed. Running away is easy (for a lot of people, instinctive ... don't blame them, that's just how people react). Now I'm not saying that I'm better than anybody, because really I'm not. I'm not saying I'd take a bullet for a random stranger on the street either. But if you were in that guy's shoes, the one getting strangled... wouldn't you want somebody to help you? Just standing there and watching, or even worse, pulling out your phone and recording it is just... unacceptable.