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Every see a news broadcast that talkes about someone that got hurt, mugged, murdered, raped and there were tons of people around that did nothing while it went on? That is indifference. I read a while ago about a homeless guy in the streets of NYC that was beaten by some kids. He layed there, in the street, bleeding, while people just walked by... For hours.

He died.

I am sure that behavior is not limited to NYC and the same thing can be related to any city or town in the world. Indifference is killing our spirit. It is not just indifference towards each other. It is indifference towards our environment, towards animals and towards anything different than us and our personal belief set.

I wrote this idea down a long time ago and have never been able to shoot it. This is the best I can do. Touchy subject for me.

Why paintballs? Because it doesn't matter. Could have been apples, water balloons, whatever.
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NEKOX5meow's avatar
Wait what the hell did you put on the marble

It better not be ketchup
mapa1958's avatar
True, it occurs in many parts of the world, what a solitude in the author.
Es cierto, ocurre en muchos lugares del mundo, menuda soledad en el autor.
fox64664's avatar
i seem to mostly feel indifference i dont know y really but not all the time
DahliaFay's avatar
Apathy to others suffering is one of the greatest of evils
AwkwardLoser's avatar
>_> That description......

Angers me
Thumpbunny's avatar
Google Kitty Genovese and you might cringe at the result.
evilbananalol's avatar
This picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Well done.
Artofthebeholder's avatar
The second I saw this, I knew exactly what your purpose in making it was & I've always tried to open peoples eyes & share this same message with them. You've done not only an incredible feat of art but also heroism. I personally am truly grateful that you are brave enough to post this & share it with everyone. It's a message that has long been put on the back burner, something people don't even bother to think about unless it happens to them.
I've always been so sickened & saddened when I hear news about someone who was in trouble, in public & no one did a single thing. I always wish I could have been there, to both help the injured & scream at the indifferent!
Thank you so much for posting this, hopefully this one image will help open the eyes of the indifferent.
ka-jana's avatar
Wow. I guess I was just sort of oblivious to this fact until now. Glad you opened up my eyes to it.
I-rE-nA-216's avatar
reminds me of one story i saw in the news, a girl being chased down a busy street at night, she almost got ran over, but she continued going... and the guy finally caught up to her, threw her down the side walk, and shoot her....
and there were sooo many cars that saw the whole thing!! but didnt help her so she ended up dying.. just laying there....

i think sometimes people could be afraid of what could happen to them if they tried to help out... who knows??? maybe there just that.. ignorant...
InkSlingerDucky's avatar
Stuff like that angers me to no end...Very recently, a girl was raped and murdered in broad daylight with dozens of witnesses, and everyone just assumed that someone else was calling it in..

I'm glad you've decided to capture that give-a-care laziness. :nod: Good on you.
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masu5536's avatar
i think most ppl filter...well people in cities.
Amberbydreams's avatar
I see this problem everywhere, wonderful piece, perfect conveyal. If I had to describe my town with one word, that word would be Apathy. I wish I could find some place where people were more willing to look out for the people they pass by everyday than the mundane jobs we do day in day out, with no view of the rest of the world
Jinxye's avatar
amazing, i tottally agree with you o.o
CptJoe23's avatar
I'm not sure if people helped or not but a few years ago a gang of kids beat up and set alight a homeless person who'd been living peacefuly at this park for years, it just reminded me of that.
it's true, but i don't believe people walk by because they are heartless, i believe they are either used to that sort of violence or want to help but are too afraid and procrastinate themselves home that night, it takes more than caring to act on something
Mochimanga's avatar
i thought they were marbles but wateva anything goes as long as the message is shown
Lightningmatrix's avatar
Thought they were green marbles at first. XD
Great concept though, this seriously happens all the time...we should all be nicer to people...
Sizab's avatar
The Bystander Effect:
The larger the group of people witnessing someone hurt were in danger, the less likely they are to help someone because they feel responsibility is diffused from them, and since the majority of people will not do anything, everyone else will conform to the doing nothing. It is a sick and twisted response, but as psychological studies show, we are all quite capable of reacting despicably given certain situations.
Always hope you're in danger with very few people around, because a good Samaritan is more likely to step up if less people around.
A very powerful photo about a powerful and scary phenomenon.
ericl3414's avatar
Well its cause in psychology of human minds, saving someone would take responsibility, and people are afraid of it.
AsumaAshley's avatar
(reads comment) i think that is very deep, and so true.
this peace leaves me speechless
Lupis-Fox's avatar
It's true, they had a study where they had two groups. One was a huge group with lost of people mingling, and the other was a small group, 3 or 4. In each group was a person who pretended to have a heart attack. In the large group at first no one responded, they just looked around at each other then finally after some time (because there was no where for them to go really) someone took over. In the small group everyone reacted right away to help the fallen man. Apparently if there are a lot of people around we think "oh, someone else will get it" but if next to no one is around we think "I have to do this"
I love your photographs. beautiful.
Deindividualization mostly comes from being in large groups. That's what happens in large cities, so no, this wouldn't apply to all cities everywhere. If you want to test this, drop something somewhere busy like a mall and then drop it somewhere with only one person by you. The majority of the time, people won't feel responsible for helping if there are other people around, but will lend a hand in a personal environment. It's creepy sometimes how much environment can dictate our behavior, but this festering trend has more attributes than having too many people around. How unusual is it to see a homeless person passed out on the street? A big part of it is recognition.
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