I’ve been watching a lot of Anderson Cooper 360, lately. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy is like watching the real version of Deep Impact. Staten Island was one of the boroughs hit the hardest. Families are still left without food, water and warmth. Reports are saying the power could be out for another nine days. Forget about the people walking across the bridge to work. These people are waiting for basic, survival goods.
Through the devastation, there are stories of good and evil acts. Some folks are joining hands and fighting for survival together. Some folks, who were fortunate not to be affected, are lending a hand to those in need. And, some folks, well, their true colors are shining through. Or, lack there of, since black isn’t even a color.
If you’ve ever read Stephen King’s The Stand, there are two groups that form: Randall Flagg followers (evil) and the Free Zone (good). In the Hurricane Sandy “Free Zone”, we have nurses like Margot Condon, whose video has gone viral this week, pumping air into a newborn outside NYU hospital, due to a generator fail. On Anderson Cooper 360, she said it was harder to be on camera with him, then to sustain the newborns life because “that was her job”.
Medical students and good Samaritans lit up the stairs with flashlights, as they carefully transported 19 babies to safety. This is the kind of story that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I’m munching on Halloween candy because I’m a sap.
In the Sandy “Randall Flagg” corner, we have a man who “reportedly” didn’t help Glenda Moore when she was pounding on his door asking for help. As she was trying to escape Staten Island with her two young boys, only 2 and 4, her car got stuck. She managed to unbuckle the kids, but the current from the rainfall and flooding swept them away.
She knocked on a man’s door, who at the time of the Anderson Cooper 360 episode wouldn’t give his name. He wouldn’t help her. He wouldn’t even open the door. This is what Ms. Moore’s sister is telling the press, so there is some speculation as to whether the story is 100% true. When Anderson 360 interviewed the man, he said that only a man knocked on his door, so he didn’t help him. He also said, “Besides, what was I supposed to do in my flip flops and shorts?”
In my opinion, the guy looked as guilty as my kid when she says she wiped her butt or washed her hands. He is covering up his actions. He won’t even offer up his last name. What is he worried about, if he didn’t do anything wrong?
First, this was a woman asking for help during a terrible storm, not a man with a machete on Halloween night. Second, his house was still dry inside. Why didn’t he have any other shoes to wear or long pants? Third, couldn’t he have knocked on a few other doors, banded together with some other neighbors and spent at least ten minutes looking for the boys?
This leads me to the question at hand, what would you do in a natural disaster, if someone knocked on your door and asked for help? Would you be worried about your food rations? Would you be worried about the safety of your kids, if you have them? Would you try to help and risk your own life? Or, do the answers to these questions scare you too much to answer them?
I’m munching on Halloween candy because I’m appalled by this man’s actions. Anderson Cooper 360 gives me a sugar rush.