The pantsless body of a homeless man known affectionately to some at local businesses as “Big Guy” was left by hundreds of passers-by in the strip mall parking lot in which he lay. Numerous people took pictures of “Big Guy” on their cell phones, but not a single person bothered to check if he was OK.
Despite the fact that one person DID stop to put a sweater over the man, police claim that everybody just assumed he was sleeping.
Police Sergeant Brian Harris had some harsh words for the residents of Houston, though:
“If they just had used their cellphone to make a call instead of a picture, perhaps this man could still be alive today. I would like to say our city is better than that, as a matter of fact, I know our city is better than that.”
Have we truly reached the point in our society in which we are so uncaring that we are willing to ignore the plight of a human being, viewing him as only a source of a cheap giggle as we send the picture we snapped to our buddies? Do we, as a society, reject basic humanity? Unfortunately, as the city of Houston has shown us, it is likely that we are moving in that direction.
Until we place the same value on all human life, regardless of station, can we truly be considered a just society?