Have you ever wondered why the parent screaming, “Help! My baby is in there!’ outside a burning building?
I mean, what bad parent would run out of a burning building before helping their child? You’d think that they’d stay their, doing anything for their child. Most parents would agree that they’d trade their lives to save their kid’s. And most would go down with a fire trying to save their child, especially if they couldn’t get to the child due to wreckage.
I am sure that had that weird, “I feel like I’m forgetting something,” feeling when she was gunning it down the fire escape. Watch this scene where Tobey Maguire gives a baby he saved from a burning building to back this ABSOLUTELY UNSCATHED couple.
You could argue that the person chose to run outside and grab a firefighter to come chop through the wreckage, but could you really ever leave your child there alone, to wonder if they’re going to die or not? I doubt it. And honestly, the human body can do amazing things when in extraordinary, grave situations (shout-out to adrenaline for helping people lift up cars). There is nothing stronger than a parent’s sheer fucking will to save their child.
Lets say that in our hypothetical situation, the parent that was crying outside did everything they could for as long as they could until the fire raged to a point where they thought that abandoning the kid to go outside and scream for help was their last and only option.
If you ran in to help the kid, do you really think that there is something that you can do that a Parent couldn’t do to save their kid?We are capable of astonishingly breath-taking feats of strength and pain to save our children, like lifting up cars or blocking out the pain from a gashing wound. Interstellar told us that evolution tells us that ensuring our kid’s survival becomes our will to live. We live for our children. We die for our children. What in Santa Clause’s asshole do you think your over-confident ass could do in a fire that the crying parent couldn’t?
And by the way, you’re running into a fire that got so bad it forced said parent^ to leave. You are running into certain death. You cant help anyone if your body is roasted to a medium-well crisp.
Are there even fires anymore.
Well… not really, but still kinda, well I mean yes, but everything is relative, you know?
In 2015, there we’re about than 1,345,000 fires in the United States according to Fema.
If you, like myself, reacted like the duck pictured above because 1.35 million fires is a preposterously large number. It literally made my super duper best friend in the whole entire world do a double (killer) take:
…also you should keep in mind that it really is not a preposterously large number for fires.Firstly, that stat counts each fire as any fire that firemen responded to. Meaning it includes everything from wildfires to restaurant kitchen mishaps. Secondly, 1.35 million fires is actually down 19% annually since 2006
The US averaged 358k structure fires per year from 2011-2014, meaning any literally house, building, barn, outhouse, etc. where “more than one of it’s components catches fire.”
Pretend all 358,000 structure fires came solely from households. Only 0.28% of homes would be affected. 0.28%. For comparison, have a 1 in 7.2 chance of being disfigured, disabled, or killed by a parasite (13%) in your lifetime! 13%! Compare 13% to 0.28%. that isn’t even 0.28% of being injured by a fire! It’s a 0.28% chance that your home is one of the 358 thousand out of America’s 122.2 Million homes *affected* by a structure fire. Parasites! 1/7.2! Antibiotics now!
To make my argument stronger, I have chosen not to get a quote from a paid-fireman–mostly because I couldn’t frigging find one. It is easier to find the fountain of Youth or the city of el dorado than a professional fire-fighter (69% or 788,000 of all firefighters are volunteers).
Let that sink in.
More than 2/3rds of firemen are volunteers. No duh, the government isn’t going to pay firemen when there’s no fires. Being a firemen would be like being a lawyer in a country with no laws.
Of course, I am not belittling firefighters. I cant even imagine what it’s like to run into a burning building. tend to underestimate the danger firemen put themselves because they are wear fire-retardant gear. The reality is that the real danger comes from being crushed by something falling, or getting trapped under a ceiling. It’s hard to imagine running into a task with the goal of finishing one’s work before time runs out, which is when building collapsing on them. Talk about a job with a deadline.
It’s even more unlikely that you’ll ever happen upon a fire-related emergency that is a structure fire.
It’s even more unlikely that you’ll ever happen upon a fire-related emergency that is a structure fire that all components head-to-toe are covered in flames.
It’s even more unlikely that you’ll ever happen upon a fire-related emergency that is a structure fire that all components head-to-toe are covered in flames and has one or more parents outside of it squawking about their trapped child whom they somehow left in the building.
It’s even more unlikely that you’ll ever happen upon a fire-related emergency that is a structure fire that all components head-to-toe are covered in flames and has one or more parents outside of it squawking about their trapped child whom they somehow left in the building, and has rubberneckers just watching the building ablaze, you’d ignore the bystander effect, attempt to take the responsibility normally assumed by Firemen, and ignore police shouting not to go in the building.
Okay so what did we learn?
–You’ll never be presented with a heroic situation to run into a burning building
–You are being dumb for running into the building
–Someone should question if it is in the best interest of the child to return to a parent that is willing to leave them for dead from a structure fire.
–If you really want to help you should either ask an officer or firemen or call social worker for the self centered parent. Can’t stress that that person should not be a child’s dependent enough.
–You have a moderate chance of being killed or disabled by a parasite (1 in 7.2)– We need parasite-fighters not firefighters! If only people could be volunteer doctor’s like you could firemen. Too bad that will never happen because being a volunteer firemen doesn’t require hundreds of thousands of dollars and 8 years minimum minimum to be a doctor! And then 3 years of residency to know what your doing!
EDITORIAL UPDATE******* I just remembered that parents house burned down and lost everything in it. Now I feel really bad.