For starters, how about one who happens to be nearest or far away?
PET/Mobility Columbia Update:
(Today I use a quote that has inspired me – from Norman Cousins.)
“How do we decide who to help?”
“Not all Americans are affected by compassion fatigue or conscience sickness.
Compassion is not quantitative.
Certainly it is true that for every person whose entire being cries out for help there may be a million more equally entitled to attention.
But this is the poorest of reasons for not helping a single person.
Where then, does one begin or stop?
You begin with the first person who puts their life in your hands and you continue so long as you are able to continue, so long as you are capable of personal mobilization.
How do you choose?
How to determine which one of the million persons surrounding you is more deserving than all the rest?
Do not concern yourself with such speculations. You will never know.
Reach out and take hold of the one who happens to be nearest.
If you are never able to help or save another, you will have at least saved one.
Most people go through an entire lifetime without even doing even this.
To help put meaning in a single life may not produce universal regeneration, but it happens to represent the basic form of energy in society.
It is also the best of individual responsibility.”
Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO–Columbia, Inc.