Why was the world outraged at Myanmar government’s refusal to accept outside aid to relieve Nargis’ victims? They (ie the world) could have conveniently shrugged the rejection off. After all, they had done their part by offering to help.
And why did the world warm up to Beijing’s request for assistance in the wake of the Sichuan quake?
These contrasting reactions are a manifestation of the human being’s propensity to want to reach out to others in distress.
The popular belief is that everyone minds his own business. That, along with pride, causes people in distress to feel completely isolated and overwhelmed. Sometimes, they decide to end it all.
The reality, however, is more like the Myanmar scenario: There are many around who would gladly help, if only they were given the opportunity.