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My Neighbor’s Son Had Been Drafted to Afghanistan, the Neighbor in the U.S. Asked Me to Ask the Temples to Bless Him…

When the world is, completely, unsettled, you got, NO other options, but become, more superstitious!  From the Neurology Professor’s interaction with her neighbors from the U.S., on evolution, and what drives human, behaviors, off of the Front Page Sections, translated…

A neighbor from when I lived in the States suddenly called me up, asked me to go to the temples to ask for blessings for her own son, said that her son is serving in Afghanistan, that she’s on edge all day long, and the news of Biden’s ordering the withdraw of the armed services came, there was a suicide bombing.  She worried that her son may be the last man who died in Afghanistan, in her anxiousness, she’d recalled of the stories of the lunar calendar July’s passing of the spirits, how the spirits are looking for someone to replace them, and begged me, no matter what, to help her, because, begging for blessings, you get it, she wanted her son to return home safely.

As I got off the phones with her, I’d felt, a mixture of emotions, an American mother who’d gone to the U.S. with her own families to immigrate, for the sake of her own child now, found my number, and asked this of me.  Ahhh!  All parents are, alike.

I don’t understand why humans go to war?  The wars bring destruction to civilizations, causing the people to suffer, during the war in Syria, that little boy who’d died on the beach shocked the whole world, too unforgettable.  I’m sure that all of the people, as we thought about, how we may lose someone we love in war, we wouldn’t, go and start a war.  Then, why are there, so many wars currently going on right now?

The professor of Rockefeller University, Donald Pfaff’s sought out the reason of why we’re a warring species from the evolutional neurological, angle, “The Neuroscience of Fair Play” pointed out, that there are the two opposing forces of good and evil at play in our mind, balancing out our behaviors.  There’s this, “golden rule” that we all have, a moral restraint of sorts.  For all man, there’s that sense of fear, the drive to attack.  As there’s enough resources to live, it’s easier for the good side of man to come out, and once the times got bad, in times of famine, the evil side takes us over.

This is an inborn rule, logged into our genetics, he’d given an example of New York subway: an African American while waiting for the trains, saw a white man fall onto the tracks, and immediately leapt down to save him, back then the train is already speeding into station, he couldn’t climb back onto the platform, and can only cover the man over him, that the train sped past them three inches over.  As the press reporter asked him how he could’ve been so brave, to save a complete stranger, he’d told, that he’d not had the time to think, because if he’d thought about the consequences of his own actions, he wouldn’t have leapt onto the tracks then.

This behavior of altruism showed that human nature is kind, that helping to right the wrongs, is wired into our genes.  There was the instance of a fisher, Lin here in Yeliou who saw a student fell into the oceans and drowning, who’d leapt into the oceans to save him, and ended up drowning to death.

These two forces of good and evil, are both, evolved to help us survive, the animals fight to stay alive, for the mating rights, but on the other side of it, being kind to others, we can, increase our chances of survival, to help each other out.  Mostly, the powers of kindness is greater, animals show sympathy too; if a monkey reaches for the raising will cause the monkey in its neighboring cage to get electric shocks, then the monkey would not reach for the raisins, even if it hadn’t eaten anything for twenty-four hours and is hungry.  But in the years of famine, humans would, risk it all.  Three hungry chimps, as they saw a chimp out on its own, would circle the solitary, and the third chimp would attack, killing it, and, the three chimp would share the dead, especially when there’s a female who’s pregnant, and in desperate need of proteins.

So, how to balance out the good and the evil in people, it’s what we need to work on, to maintain the peace in the world.  Casting aside the hormonal effects in our brains, the differences of humans and animals is in education, education can help us surpass the primitive instincts, to elevate the selfishness, and aggression, to diminish the evils of greed.  If the government of Afghanistan can not be so corrupt, to spend the money on building up the hospitals, the schools, to help the people live better, then, the Taliban couldn’t break through it so easily, taking over the country, making the American armed forces, escape in a hurry.

So, this is on how evolution drives us to survive, and we’re all, animals, fighting for our survival here, and when there’s enough resources we will show more cares and concerns for others not related to us, but when the resources are reduced, when we can’t even, keep our own stomachs full, we still, need to, feed ourselves, before we have the minds, to care about someone else, that, is what this tells us, but there are, the exceptions too!  That, is what makes us, humans, a complex, species.

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An Injured Female Motorist Helped Lifted the Car, to Save Someone’s Life from a Car Accident

Altruism still exists, apparently, this woman, although injured, still helped someone who was involved in a car crash alongside her, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

The forty-seven year-old woman, Yang yesterday evening rode her motorcycle to the hospital to pick up her mother’s medications, but, she’d gotten involved into a chain car accident as she was riding toward the hospital, where there are three deaths, five injured, although she’d gotten hurt herself, and was shocked, but still, she’d gone out of her way, to save someone else, and when she’d heard that the female motorist, Chang whom she managed to pull out from the crash site still died, Yang cried, “I’m really unwilling to let go, but I’d done all that I possibly could!”

“It was truly scary!  There were still members of the public who were trapped underneath the overturned eighteen-wheeler.”, Yang was still in shock, when the car crash happened, she was waiting for the light, and heard three loud bangs from behind her, then, she was pushed downward, and her mind went blank, thinking back, “Gladly, I wasn’t speeding, otherwise, I too, may have died as well.”

As Yang recalled the crash, she was still shaken up.  She said, that right at the moment, she’d become dumbfounded, and, as she’d come to, she saw a female motorist, STUCK beneath the overturned small truck, she’d helped the five men who were there, to help lift up the truck, then, pulled the female motorist out, “Back then, I couldn’t think at all, just knew I had to pull her out.”  But, after two hours of emergency resuscitation, the motorist, Chang was still dead, Yang was having trouble, holding back her pain said, “I really don’t want her to die, but, I’d done all I could for her!”

So, this woman put her own safety on hold, and went to save someone else’s life, and that, is altruism, she’d done everything she possibly could at the moment, but, the female motorist still died, and this woman had done all she possibly could.

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Something’s Happening Outside………a Helpful Man Tried to Catch the Thief, Ended Up, Getting Stabbed to Death

The PRICE of ALTRUISM is still too great here, isn’t it???  From the Front Page Sections, translated…

A man, Chuang in Kaohsiung yesterday before he went to bed, heard a loud raucous outside his place, found that there was a man, who tried to enter into someone else’s house to steal, he’d gone out, to catch him; in the process of their physical altercations, the other man took out a knife, and stabbed Chuang so many times in the chest, then ran, Chuang bled out, and the police are now, chasing the leads on this murderer.

“He has a strong sense of justice,” said Chuang’s (age 55) neighbors, from before he’d helped his neighbor catch a thief, “He’s very passionate about helping others out, it really feels awful that he’d died like this.”

The police investigated, that Chuang works as a factory worker for China Petroleum, unmarried, originally lived with his mother, in the dormitories of China Petroleum, but after his mother died, he’d lived alone.  Yesterday at around three in the morn, a passerby found Chuang, covered in blood, fallen, close to the exit of the MRT station; the fire department rushed to the scene, he was still conscious, they’d lifted him to the hospital, but after two hours, he’d bled out and died.

When Chuang was still lucid, the police tried to find out just what had happened, Chuang told them, that at around three o’clock in the morning when he was about to fall asleep, he’d found a man walking around stealthily outside his house, seeming about to commit theft; he rushed out of his own house, wanted to drag the man to the subprecinct, and got into a fist fight with the man, and the man took out a knife, and started stabbing at him, then, rode off on his motorcycle.

The police said, that there were deep wounds on Chuang’s right shoulder and left chest cavity, and that there was no sign of forced entry at Chuang’s place, and they believed, that the murderer never entered into his property.  The police are already checking the lead, the surveillance camera, and had already zoomed in on a suspect.  “He’s such a nice man, how could it have happened”, after his neighbors were told that Chuang was stabbed to death, they were all shocked.  The neighbors said, that Chuang was very kind toward others, got along very well with everybody in the neighborhood, and was very kind toward his mother.

And so, this, is how helping ended up, taking someone’s life, and, altruism really DOES bite, doesn’t it?  And, had this man just ignored his neighbor’s house being robbed, then, his life would’ve been spared, but, he felt that it was his responsibility, as a good citizen, to go AFTER the man, which, was what caused him to lose his life…

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Five Bystanders Stood in a Circle to Keep a Woman Who Got Run Over on the Roads from Getting Hit by Cars that Passed by

This time, however, the diffusion of responsibility FAILED to do ITS “magic”, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

Two days ago, a woman, Hsu rode her motorcycle and after she rammed into a sedan, her motorcycle fell into the high speed lanes, the students and nurse, along with other passersby saw, they’d all stopped and offered assistance, some had placed their bicycles as road blocks, others had redirected the traffic, and used an umbrella to shelter the woman who was hit from the rain, and their actions had filled the street of Lugang with warmth.

The police investigated, that Huang two days ago at around four in the afternoon, parked by the side of the road, and, as she’d opened up her car door, the woman, Hsu (age 57) came flying by on her motorcycle, and she’d fallen onto the fast lanes, the student from Lugang High School, Chao rode her bicycle pass the scene, she saw how there was a LOT of traffic on the roads, and she feared for the safety of the woman, she’d gotten off her bicycle, put the bike in the middle of the road as a blocker, to prevent cars from hitting her.

Chao kept whispering in the woman’s ear, “Aunt, wake up”, at this time, the rain came down, Chiao took out a coat from her backpack, and sheltered Hsu from the rain.

The nurse, Liu, from a clinic in Lugang had just gotten off from work and happened to pass by, she saw how the female student was offering assistance from the opposite lanes, she’d stopped her car and offered to help out as well.  She first took the vitals for Hsu, and made sure that she was breathing right, then, she’d wiped away the blood stain from the woman’s right arm, she said, “there’s professional medical assistance required at the scene of an accident, I saw that there were NO paramedics around, so, I’d offered my assistance.”

Then, two passersby stopped and helped redirect the traffic too, another woman had offered to hold the umbrella for Chiao and the Liu.  Slowly, the woman, Hsu finally regained her conscious, the paramedics from the fire department rushed her to the hospitals, Hsu opened up her eyes and said “thank you” to all who’d helped her out, and there were only minor bruising and scrapes on her arms and legs.

“I didn’t think that much, seeing someone hurt, you must offer help immediately,” Wei-Ru Chiao said, there was huge traffic flow on Mingchuan Road, and it was dangerous to lie on the roads there, she didn’t know how to give resuscitation, all she could do was to make sure that Hsu was safe and offered her words of comfort.

And so, this young lady saw a woman hurt, and started helping out, and, other people see her help, and, they all offered to help too, and that still just shows how kindness is infectious too, and all it took, was this young lady, to realize that someone is in need, and she’d placed herself in harm’s way (in ONCOMING traffic), and helped save the woman.

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