What do we do when we witness violence against a stranger? Do we try to not get in the way? Do we let them sort it out themselves? Do we step in and risk our own safety? Is it just another reality performance?
The woman's defense has told the court she is happy for her husband to come back home. She is happy to live with her attempted-murderer. Becasue he is also her husband, her lover, and perhaps her friend. But are WE happy with that, as a society?
1. Do we try to protect woman who are beaten by their partners from their own wishes to be with their partners?
2. Do we approach the situation with an awareness of the impacts of intimate partner violence?
3. Do we value the woman's freedom to choose her own way of loving?
To complicate matters, the husband was captured and tortured in Iraq. Our war - we sent him there. But the wife has to deal with the consequences. I can't imagince the physical and emotional pain, and ther downright embarrassment of being beaten up on the side of a highway.
I can't help feeling like this woman, and yes, this man too, are like bottom-feeders. They are gulping up all the garbage of our society.
Do we sit back and watch? Do we take some repsonsiblity for others in our community?
What is the ethical responsibility of the witness?