Help me Social Media. Am I an old cynic? Do I need a holiday?
Today Bill Shorten’s motorcade pulled off a country road to do a press conference roadside moment. As a vehicle overtook the motorcade, it crashed head on with another car. Bill Shorten, cameras rolling, got into one of the cars and was filmed showing compassion to one of the injured occupants of the car. So so compassionate.
Cue local ALP candidate on camera saying “it’s times like these that you see a leader’s true character”. (Source: Channel Ten 5pm News Gold Coast). Phew:- cause I thought I saw his character when he knifed a sitting PM…..twice. Cue #cynicism:-
See:- I see this as being a basic human:- Not displaying leadership character. Another human is injured…you show concern, whether there are cameras or not.
This does not display character. It displays humanity. Character is something different. Remember that old quote “Integrity is what you do WHEN NO-ONE IS WATCHING.”
Now this accident wasn’t engineered by campaign strategists, but said strategists should have immediately demanded all cameras be turned off as this is a human moment, not a campaign moment. Sadly this didn’t happen. (I have watched the West Wing, I know how politics works).
The other day just south of the Gold Coast airport (just south of the tunnel for those who know that area of the M1), I passed an SUV with a flat tyre and woman sitting leaning up against the open boot, texting. I stopped, backed up, (I must admit dangerously) and offered to change the tyre. She told me her hubby was coming to change the tyre and he was coming from Burleigh. (She actually encouraged me to move on). I told her Burleigh is a good 25 mins away, and to tell him not to come, I will change the tyre on his behalf. She did. I did. And I went my way. I didn’t tell her my name, nor did she tell me her’s. I didn’t tell her Jesus loved her, I didn’t invite her to church, I didn’t mention Global Care. I simply helped a person who right then and there needed help. I then didn’t Facebook it, put a selfie of me and the flat tyre on Instagram and nor did I mention it on Twitter #feelingflat. I actually didn’t even tell my wife Melanie. I was just a person who helped someone who needed help. And then I drove to the office and worked for the day. (I also get the irony that I am now telling you). My point is, let’s help others with out making it a media moment.
Anyway that’s what I think.
Ps Peter Pilt
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