Previously published in Examiner
Part 1 of the missing feet series
People listening to authority figures without deciding what is right or wrong: The Stanley Milgram experiment
What kind of people could stand by and look on as a young girl commits suicide? Think about it, what people could do that? It has long been known that people listen to authority figures and do not reason things out for themselves. The Stanley Milgram experiment showed how people could deliberately inflict pain on another because the experimenters told them it was okay. Milgram’s experiment showed that the Holocaust could happen again when a charismatic leader could just tell a nation what to do and they would do it. We have seen many atrocities since then because authority figures have ordered it.
The disturbing psychological phenomenon of people who watch as people commit suicide
Another equality disturbing situation is when people watch a person trying to kill themselves and do nothing about it. Of course people can pretend they did not see it, but when it is the actual authorities that watch it happen, it is a sad state of human apathy, a diseased society and a mental health issue that not only affects the person trying to commit suicide but the individuals who passively took part. Montrealers are very perturbed by the story of a young mentally ill women who committed suicide.
The officers in the women’s penitentiary watched a young women take her own life. The young woman had mental issues, she was totally out of control and was known to be violent. She was not much liked because of her behaviour but does that mean she did not need to be helped.
To be continued