It was reported by one of the local newspapers that 200 or so people gathered in the market where Yueyue’s life was cut short. The local people were handing out hugs, to declare war on apathy and cold-heartedness.A 1 minute moment of silence was observed, before a pledge was read by the gathered mourners to make a difference and be less indifferent towards others:
“That one moment of coldness spread across the country and became everyone’s wound,” the group shouted.”If it were you or me on that day, we would have at least stopped and pulled her aside. We would at least have lent a helping hand to ask for help, call the police and protect her.
“We will not complain about the powerless legal system or degraded morality … Starting with me, we will spread warmth around and drive away cold-heartedness.”
Typically as time goes on, a pledge like this will be forgotten and life as we know it will go on. But for now, the freshness of Yueyue’s passing is bringing to light the difference a little compassion can make. Time will tell if the mourners and residents in Foshan and others affected by her loss will make good on their pledges to be more caring towards strangers.
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