That particular example is very hard for me to understand.
Even if some of the passers-by might have been in a dreadful rush, or pre-occupied and not paying attention to their environment... one would expect at least one person like you to happen along... and thank goodness you did.
I love helping people... but it used to be a codependant addiction... any needy person was a hook... and of course i got myself in all kinds of difficulties.
I had to learn several things...
not to help when someone:-
can manage on their own,
is addicted to a drug or mood altering process,
is pretending helplessness in order to use or manipulate,
or when it needs greater skills and expertise than I have.
For a while, I had to abstain from all helping, in order to break the compulsive aspect of my behaviour.
Now I have choice, because I accept myself from within.
I can still enjoy helping, and be more effective and appropriate.
Some people are just mean, some day they will be that old lady....
It's sad for me to say because I do help others and donate too but sometime's it gets old seeing the "needy" in line at the grocery store eating much better then my own family. Thank you government.
its not so hard to help others , we be glad to . its how we can help them .
Some people don't like to help unless help is asked for. Unfortunately the reality is probably that those people need to help themselves before they can help anyone. A lot of people are so lost and confused (yet think they have it all figured out) that they are just a drain on the world.