Kind Neighbors, or A Young Reporter from Um El Fahem

Some time ago I drove with two English friends to the Sea of Galilee. I stopped to fill the car with gas on Highway 6, and as I was getting ready to exit in the direction of Afula on Highway 65, I noticed that the car was stalling. It was a new car, and this happened at the time when gas stations started positioning diesel pumps next to the regular gas pumps. I suddenly realized that, by mistake, I filled the tank with diesel.

The car finally stopped at a quite dangerous place where the shoulder was narrow. I stayed in the car with the guests, thinking about what I should do next.

Then another car stopped and soon a  young woman walked toward me. She inquired if we were okay, I told her that I had to wait for a tow truck. She said that she was a reporter from Um El Fahem, and she happened to be in the area because she covered an accident nearby. She asked if she could help in any way.

Please keep reading in the Times Of Israel

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/kind-neighbors-or-a-young-journalist-from-um-el-fahem/

Comments 6

 
Katherine Gregor on Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:56

What a touching, life-affirming experience, Orna. One that restores faith in our fellow-humans. I love it when strangers make it their business to get involved and offer help. In England, too often, you hear people say, "Oh, something was wrong but, you know, I didn't want to get involved". We are ALL of us, involved in one another's lives, by virtue of belonging to the same universe.

This reminds me of something some acquaintances told me, many years ago (British people). They were holidaying in Greece, staying in a small, family-run hotel. One day, they noticed that the landlady and her children looked as though they'd been crying. But they didn't want to "pry" by asking what was wrong. Soon afterwards, they saw from their window a coffin being carried out of the hotel. Again, they didn't ask anything because "you know, one doesn't want to get involved." It turned out that the landlord, whom my acquaintances had met, had suddenly died.

I can't tell you how shocked I was by my acquaintances' attitude. They're good people, and yet, I wanted to scream at them, "How could you not ask?! Isn't that a natural human reaction? How could you be so cold?!"

What a touching, life-affirming experience, Orna. One that restores faith in our fellow-humans. I love it when strangers make it their business to get involved and offer help. In England, too often, you hear people say, "Oh, something was wrong but, you know, I didn't want to get involved". We are ALL of us, involved in one another's lives, by virtue of belonging to the same universe. This reminds me of something some acquaintances told me, many years ago (British people). They were holidaying in Greece, staying in a small, family-run hotel. One day, they noticed that the landlady and her children looked as though they'd been crying. But they didn't want to "pry" by asking what was wrong. Soon afterwards, they saw from their window a coffin being carried out of the hotel. Again, they didn't ask anything because "you know, one doesn't want to get involved." It turned out that the landlord, whom my acquaintances had met, had suddenly died. I can't tell you how shocked I was by my acquaintances' attitude. They're good people, and yet, I wanted to scream at them, "How could you not ask?! Isn't that a natural human reaction? How could you be so cold?!"
Orna Raz on Thursday, 15 October 2015 18:26

Thank you for this comment dear Katia, I don't feel that your English friends were cold, but rather that they were embarrassed and paralyzed by cultural politeness. When politeness prevent people from doing the humane thing it needs to be questioned. Your anecdote has the making of a great short story:-)

Thank you for this comment dear Katia, I don't feel that your English friends were cold, but rather that they were embarrassed and paralyzed by cultural politeness. When politeness prevent people from doing the humane thing it needs to be questioned. Your anecdote has the making of a great short story:-)
Rosy Cole on Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:25

When I read this I couldn't help thinking how apt a demonstration of the The Good Samaritan it is. Also, the power of 'going the second mile' can recharge the universe.

When I read this I couldn't help thinking how apt a demonstration of the [i]The Good Samaritan[/i] it is. Also, the power of 'going the second mile' can recharge the universe.
Orna Raz on Thursday, 15 October 2015 18:28

Thank you dear Rosy, I am sure that there re many people like this young woman everywhere, but still it is the blind politicians who lead us.

Thank you dear Rosy, I am sure that there re many people like this young woman everywhere, but still it is the blind politicians who lead us.
Ken Hartke on Friday, 16 October 2015 19:23

"The kindness of the reporter delighted me, but did not come as a surprise."
I think that some folks look for and expect to find the good in people and some do the opposite. It seems that we often find what we are looking for. It is reassuring and brings a measure of confirmation when someone steps up without hesitation to help in any way they can. I had a friend who nearly died from a breathing disorder but was saved by a stranger who rushed to her aid and did chest compressions until paramedics arrived. There really are angels out there.

"The kindness of the reporter delighted me, but did not come as a surprise." I think that some folks look for and expect to find the good in people and some do the opposite. It seems that we often find what we are looking for. It is reassuring and brings a measure of confirmation when someone steps up without hesitation to help in any way they can. I had a friend who nearly died from a breathing disorder but was saved by a stranger who rushed to her aid and did chest compressions until paramedics arrived. There really are angels out there.
Orna Raz on Saturday, 17 October 2015 21:50

Thank you dear Ken, like you I believe that people are basically kind, and in my 60 years on earth I have been seldom proven wrong.

Thank you dear Ken, like you I believe that people are basically kind, and in my 60 years on earth I have been seldom proven wrong.
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