I'm not a big fan of the Judge Judy show, but after seeing the way she reacted during yesterday's earthquake I'm even less of a fan. Watch the video, and you'll see the plaintiff and defendant standing at the bench pleading their cases. Then the earthquake hits, and the structure starts shaking. And Judy takes off. It was every man and woman for him and her self.
Maybe she's not a real judge and just plays one on TV, but what little of the Judge Judy show I've seen suggests that there's the whole courtroom decorum thing going on -- "all rise," "quiet in the court room," etc. It's an atmosphere where one would expect the judge to rule. And Judy herself seems not one to be trifled with. So with a commander in charge of a room full of people, shouldn't that commander take charge in an emergency, or at least make a helpful suggestion to the people in the room?
Nope. Judge Judy can be seen hightailing it out of the room leaving everyone else there to fend for him/her self. Any notion that she should help went out the back door.
We all have a moral responsibility to look out for each other when disaster strikes. But maybe that responsibility has to be learned. This coming September is National Preparedness Month, and I'm sure there will be lots of opportunities to learn some disaster survival skills. Just this last weekend, 7/26/08, there was a Permian Basin Regional Citizen Corps Conference titled "Energizing Community Resources," which introduced citizens to some of the opportunities to get involved. More on that in a future post. But we shouldn't be surprised to learn that there are citizens all around the country who are trained and willing to come to the aid of others in an emergency.
But in the meantime, let's all hold Judge Judy up as an example of how arrogant and selfish a person can be in a disaster and declare that we will not like that ourselves.