9 Sep 2001 rosen   » (Observer)

I've always wondered why people seldom interfere when there is a fight that is starting to turn ugly. Now I know. We're cowards.

I was at a party in school, yesterday. When I was waiting for the subway there came a group of loud and quite drunk people who seated themselves on a bench next to me.

After a little while a few friends joined them. Suddenly one of them started screaming that people were talking behind his back, and his friends had to restrain him, because he went mad. Suddenly, the fight started. I never understood who sided with whom, but after a while two guys were lying on the floor, while others were kicking them.

I must do something, I thought, but I didn't know what. There were enough people involved already (and most of them actually were trying to stop the fight, but instead they got involved, themselves). I took up my mobile phone to call the police, but of course the battery was out of charge.

A minute later the fight was over, the victors walking away telling each other that the others got what they deserved. The ones who were left helped the guys who were on the floor, and it appeared they were not seriously wounded.

What a relief it was to see the subway train finally arrive! When I went on board the train I saw one of the guys who had helped the ones on the floor kick one of them in the head. I don't know what happened after that, because the train was leaving.

I am not proud of myself. I should have done something, but I was scared to hell, and didn't want to get involved. Now I understand why people don't interfere when something like this happens. We're cowards. Pathetic, isn't it?

Now to something completely different

I've finally reached apprentice status. Thank you very much, everyone who has certified me!

I have a bad conscience (is that how it's spelled?) because I still haven't released any code. I will however, and hopefully not too far in the future.

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