Last night, I passed the scene of a terrible accident in Lakewood. I was heading west, on foot, on Seventh Street, passing over Madison Avenue near the Capitol Hotel. I asked someone what had happened, as I observed a Hatzolah ambulance and some police on the scene. A bochur, said to be in his mid-teens, was hit by a car and thrown in the air some 20 feet. [Later, I learned that bochur broke his femur bone and did damage to his lungs, kidneys and liver, among other complications.] I was shaken by the news and whispered a quiet tefillah. While I stood there for a moment taking in the terrifying scene as the bochur was being strapped to a stretcher, I observed the incident being videoed. Videoing?! I wondered. A bochur was almost killed and someone is videoing it as the bochur is being loaded into an ambulance?
Have we lost all decency? Is everything about videos and pictures? Is there any respect for the life a bochur who almost died? Where is the kavod habriyos? Does every moment have to be a YouTube one?
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