Posted by Lorren on August 9, 2008
I was watching the Olympics opening ceremonies last night, and they had the most adorable little boy marching next to the flagbearer for the Chinese. He was in the recent Chinese earthquake, and 20 out of his 30 classmates ended up dying.
He managed to get himself out of the rubble, and then went back and freed two of his classmates. When asked why he went back to help his friends, he said something like “I’m one of the class leaders. I’m the hall monitor. It’s my duty to help!”
While he is very cute and courageous, we could learn a little from this boy. Many of us are always trying to make excuses as to why we can’t help. Not everyone of course, but there are too many stories about how someone was hurt and nobody came to their aid, expecting that someone else will, or that it’s too dangerous, or someone might sue us.
If we ever get into a situation where someone needs our help and we have the ability to assist, we should think of this little 9-year old boy. He was probably scared. It might have been dangerous. But he helped anyway. After all, it was his duty as a hall monitor .