Monday, January 14, 2013

An Important Humanitarian Question

I have an important humanitarian question: What happens to those people in action movies who are innocently driving along in their own cars in a metropolis when someone with otherwise good intentions (a police officer, Batman, a paramilitary dude) comes along and forces them out of the car at gunpoint so they can take the car and chase someone who is a general menace to humankind?

I do not mean what happens to the actual people in those movies. They are paid actors who, most likely, are much better off in life than I am in terms of financial remuneration for their work.

What I mean is, what happens to people who may actually have been in that situation (had their vehicle commandeered by the "good guys")? Assuming of course, that this actually happens, and I do assume that, since it's on TV, so it must be real life, right?
This is a humanitarian problem not on the same scale of famine, water deprivation, slavery, or actual car theft at gunpoint, but it's a humanitarian problem nonetheless. I always, always feel bad for those people in the movies. Put yourself in their place--it would pretty much ruin my day (or week). Does anybody care about them, or are they just collateral in the bigger fight against Evil?

2 comments:

  1. Last time it happened to me, I felt honored. I mean, it's not every day the CIA asks *me to use *my car.
    (It's true he didn't really ask but I've rewritten that part of my memory to make myself feel better. It's not gonna change so I might as well like it.)

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  2. Wesley, you have an excellent point. I had not thought of it in that way before. So rather than victimization, we actually have a situation of serving one's country here.

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