Dirty-Looking Man Fell On The Ground. Will The People Around Help Him?

October 14, 2015

Does a person’s looks affect how they are treated? Have you ever wondered…let’s take a look:

When you first watch this video, it seems kind of funny. But then you think about how a person who is likely having a harder time, is actually the one who is not getting the help they need. That was kind of crazy to us. We live in a world driven by appearances and what we see in the media on tv, movies, magazines, youtube, the internet, etc. It is hard not to believe that everyone in the world looks like and should look like a super model. The reality is that only a smart percentage of the world realistically look like a “super model.” In real life, the “super models” often don’t even look the way they do in the media because of photoshop and video editing to enhance and exaggerate their appearance. If you don’t believe us, take a look at these before and afters (shocking!).

We are all humans, and you can’t judge a book by its cover. Just as we have good times in our lives, sometimes we have setbacks that cause us to be a little less unkempt than we normally would be. Some people are experiencing challenges we ourselves could never imagine experiencing and that we can and should be extremely grateful for.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” -Ian Maclaren

Just recently, we came to a greater depth of understanding that some people are mentally or physically unable to care for independently care for themselves. This is something that can happen to anyone.

If you were to suddenly experience a disability of some kind, would it be fair for others to treat you differently? On the inside you’re still the same person. However, you may not be able to emotionally, physically, or psychologically handle certain situations as well as you once did.

Considering this, we researched related situations and science on the topic. We found fascinating talks appearances, brain, survival, and more. Here are a few links to what we found that you may enjoy exploring.

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey

Have you ever wondered if someone you know and love in a coma or experiencing Alzheimers or dementia is “still in there”? Well this famous brain scientist interviewed by Oprah found out first hand.

Jane Bolte Taylor experienced a life changing stroke and it revealed to her how some people may be experiencing life on the inside, when seemingly incoherent on the outside.

The Ecology of Human Fear: Survival Optimization and the Nervous System.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpsIwwT4_T4

Let’s be real for a second though. Would you reach out your hand to pick up a dirty rag on the ground? Why Not? Oh… you mean, you’re concerned about being sanitary and your personal health?

Reality Check:

People don’t want to touch or be involved in what’s dirty looking.

It is a form of self preservation and totally full of merit. While on one hand we can appreciate the point that the video is trying to make, when faced with the cold hard truth, someone who has been living on the streets for quite some time may cause some to get ill from interacting with them.

Ask yourself something: When someone coughs or sneezes near you in public? What is your instinctual natural response?

Do you hold your breath? Do you cover your face? Do you try to get away?

It is programmed in our DNA. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4364301/