This is contrary to the norms on our street. I was returning from work the other day and my rear tire got punctured and bust in the process. I stood waving to other moving cars for help, but all to no avail. I almost lost hope of help, till I gave up waving and then, boom, a man from nowhere just packed beside mine and requested to know what was wrong.
He offered to help; and gave me a lift to where I got a mechanic. He stayed till he noticed I was doing just fine, after the mechanic was brought to where my car laid on the roadside. Afterwards, he disappeared just as he came. Fast forward to months later, we met again in a grocery store, while I was out with my family. I paid his bills.
And, till date, we still have contacts. Backwards to that day, across the street was an old man trying to cross a busy road. He tried to walk into the traffic and it was as though no one really saw him; as though they all wanted to drive through him. It all took an observing lady to step down from her car, and help him walk through the busy road. He gave her a warmth smile and showered endless good wishes on her. These are the little mysteries of life.
Everyone seems to be on a fast lane. No one seems to care about anything not called “self”. We do not look out for each other. A lot of people have gone the way of suicide, probably because everyone seemed too busy with self and had little or no time to listen or even observe them. Nature is built in such a way that nothing that exists, whether living or inanimate, should exist indepently of each other.
The seventeenth-century English author, John Donne said, “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
Until we take responsibility for each other and the things around us and respond as nature has enabled us to, things will never cease to fall apart. Martin Luther King Jnr. once said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”. Take it or leave it. Our existence and survival somewhat lies in the hands of another; and vice versa. We indeed rise by lifting others.