The following video—of a man being attacked by two teenagers in a metro station—is very disturbing.
One, because everything happened so fast, two; because the teenagers picked on a random person; and three, because no one helped.
Since last month, I’ve been on a mission to encourage people to think about what their options are when faced with someone verbally bullying or abusing them.
Most of us don’t have a clue what to do.
We don’t expect to be mistreated. We’re shocked when something happens. Then we spend too much time thinking that somehow we brought this situation on ourselves.
Worst of all, we don’t ask for help.
When someone else is being bullied, our resolve is really put to the test.
What would you do if you found yourself in this situation—either as the person being attacked or as a person witnessing the event?
From your point of view, was this man supposed to hit back?
I’m digging deeply into the subject of how people stand up for themselves and, conversely, how we don’t stand up for ourselves and others. If you have experiences you’d like to share or other examples on video, please send them to me or leave the information in a comment on this post.