Look-Away Society

  • Two infants starve to death in an ordinary suburb in Australia.
  • A man in Austria locks his daughter in a basement and rapes her for 24 years, fathering seven children with her.
  • Also in Austria, a 10 year old girl is abducted 1998, escaping 8 years later.
  • In February 2006, Sydney police made a succession of grisly discoveries when they forced entry into five premises to find the remains of elderly people, some badly decomposed, who had died in their sleep, or on the kitchen floor. In the case of two men, there were only skeletal remains. Their bodies had remained undetected for up to seven months.

What is the common theme in all these cases? Lack of interest by neighbours. Too many of us do not know our next door neighbours. Why? Too busy working, working, working? Unwilling to be “neighbourly”? Cocooning?

Modern society has many problems, and the marginalized are paying more of a price than most of us. Seven months and no one had noticed their neighbour had not been seen? What about the landlord? Well, auto bank withdrawals were working fine, so no complaints there. Just keep to yourself. Don’t meddle in others affairs.

We have become a look-away society.

More details, and the full article, can be seen at this posting.

One Comment

  1. Jim says:

    It is a fact that many of us do not know our neighbours. Let me tell you of 1 discussion that I had with a neighbour. It was the only time that I had ever had a conversation with him outside of hello and have a nice day.

    He said to me, “I have many friends and do not need anymore as I am so busy with all of them and have trouble making time for as it is. If I have a small fight with a friend I can get up and leave and need not see them again for some time. If my neighbour is my friend and we have a fight I will have to deal with him every day. I will be nice and say hello but never be a friend with a neghbour. It makes life much easier for everyone involved. I have never spoken to him since except for hello and have a nice day.”


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