Take a look at the photo at the bottom of this column. What do you see?
When I was on the scene of this semi accident Wednesday morning, some woman (I don’t know who she was, and it does not matter.) asked that I not take a photo. I’d already taken this one, and my batteries were dying, so I obliged.
I don’t know if this is the case or not, but I believe she may have made this request because she wanted to protect the driver, Jerry Ogden from some kind of exposure. I may have been perceived as some kind of media vulture, preying upon the injured and exploiting this accident.
That may be true for some journalists, but not for me. You may disagree, and that’s your prerogative. I know the truth in my heart and I’m doing my best to spell that out here.
When I look at this photo, or whenever I am on any accident scenet, I am constantly reminded of the inherent goodness of mankind. Look at the picture. There are at least nine people there, steadying that ladder and helping Ogden down to load him into the ambulance. They were also helping rescue personnel.
I didn’t count, but I’m sure at least five people climbed upon the door of the cab, which was on its side, to tend to the driver before loading him on the stretcher. Getting up there did not seem like an easy task, let alone trying to perform rescue procedures.
Pictured are only a portion of the over a dozen emergency responders who came to the accident to help out in some way. It’s difficult to determine how many actual rescue personnel were there, as there were several people checking out the scene, who were were stalled, due to the road blockage.
The number of rescue personnel and their efforts are not unique to this accident. When the bus crash occurred Jan. 30, it seemed like everyone in Marion County who could drive an ambulance, perform emergency medical response or otherwise lend a helping hand, did just that.
While that accident involved kids, and nearly anyone is willing to help kids, there was no less enthusiasm or concern displayed by these people for this one man.
Someone was in trouble and they were there to help.
For these reasons, I think most people are genuinely good. Of course there’s evil in the world, but I think it is vastly outweighed by the good. Evil may seem like it’s winning because it gets more publicity.
This faith in humanity is part of the reason I often complain about government expansion and power grabs. This country became great because, when given the freedom to do what they choose, most of us choose to do good things.
We care for others and are charitable, without being forced to do so. I get extremely annoyed each time I get a political press release, from either party, that says this guy has secured funding for this cause, as if it is that politician’s money that is making it happen.
No, it’s money from the American public that was confiscated and distributed based upon the politicians’ wishes, and not those of the rightful wage earners.
Even with confiscatory taxes and other associated nonsense, we still pull through when necessary. Do I really need to give examples of that here in Knoxville?
So when I get the opportunity to convey our goodness as a people, through a photo that says more than any column of mine could, I take it. Don’t ever let anyone convince you that we, as a people, are all terrible, because it is just not true. Increased governmental control, and a public convinced that everyone around them is a scum bag, are both victories for evil.
From the bottom of my heart, I pray you see what I see when you come across photos like this. If so, we can chalk up more victories for good.
Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.