Q – When are you your ‘brother’s keeper’?

Q – When are you your ‘brother’s keeper’?

Most people get that it’s the decent thing to do to stop and offer help when

  • someone’s car is disabled,
  • an elder has fallen down and may need an ambulance
  • a child is wandering alone and seems upset

Things that are clear and maybe…. safe to do?

But if someone is hysterical and don’t seem to be in danger or even being bullied. Just out of context upset,,.. Do you ask them if you can help? Do you listen till they calm down? Do you offer to call someone they know and can trust for them?

Do you know what it takes to do an orientation assessment? (It’s time, day, do they know where they are and why)

Who do you think is responsible to do this? Someone with a clinical license certainly should. Perhaps someone in a position of authority? But would you also think a calm adult would be obliged as well?

What do you think is your responsibility? Or do you even think you have any? And why do you think that?

2 thoughts on “Q – When are you your ‘brother’s keeper’?

  1. In questionable situations, if I deem it necessary, I must intervene. The intervention must be competent, appropriate and proportionate. Necessary: what I would expect from others in a similar situation. Competent: which comes from my skills. Adequate: regardless of my risks, which I expect from others in a similar situation. Avoiding risk to the extent necessary, but this should not prevent me from having to help for moral reasons. I also have a legal obligation in the event of a road accident. In other cases, this is regulated by morality. Assessing my competence is also competence.

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