The Good Samaritan

Man rescued by stranger

"But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him', he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have'.

Bystander behaviour can be a pro-social behaviour: if you help someone in need. If you are going to read anything, read
We Are All Bystanders, an article from Greater Good magazine published by Berkeley University. It makes a clear link between altruism and bystander behaviour, outlines some interesting research on bystander apathy, and discusses the concept of the active bystander and the altruistic personality.

Link to
We Are all Bystanders

Link to
Greater Good: The Science of a Meaningful life website

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