Un-seat­ing em­pa­thy

Global Times - Weekend - - OPINION -

Of­fer­ing your seat in a crowded bus to some­one in need de­serves praise. But be­ing forced to leave it even when ill can cause out­rage. An old man learned it the hard way as a video of him forc­ing a sick child to leave a “Pri­or­ity Seat” went vi­ral. The man’s self­ish­ness got the bet­ter of him as he asked to see med­i­cal records even as the kid’s mother pleaded that her child was sick and needed a seat. “Pri­or­ity Seats,” meant for peo­ple in need, are not ex­clu­sive to the el­derly and should not be used to force some­one into sub­mis­sion. It is a shame that the man be­haved the way he did. Can one say that the ac­tion be­hoove his age, be­cause he in­sisted the kid prove his ill­ness?

Il­lus­tra­tions: Peter C. Espina/GT

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