“The Step Not Taken”
Being ignorant is probably the worst curse a person can have. That is what once possessed me. This particular story of mine (me) is of when I was living happily and caring about none (nothing) but my own petty world.
I was oblivious to a man who was residing in my neighborhood. He was old, homeless, and lived in the park. He had a curly grey beard, tattered clothes and a very bony frame of body on which there was nothing except skin. Nobody cared about him nor had (felt) sympathy for him.
I passed him on the sidewalk one day. He was awake and shivering, even though it was summer. His eyes looked dead. Subconsciously, I knew that he was too weak to do anything. I knew that he was suffering. I knew that he needed help. Yet I didn’t worry nor even care.
While I was walking a week later, I noticed a crowd gathered around the man’s spot. I went to see what had happened and found out. The man had died of starvation.
I felt a jolt in my stomach. An unknown, powerful force was drawing me deep into the ground, making me feel lower than ever.
As I forced myself to walk home, images of the corpse had kept flashing in my mind. I wasn’t able to think straight. The people, the world around me appeared non-existent. (nothing existed.) Everything was hazy except (for) the clear picture of the dead man which was imprinted into my head. A wave of nausea slowly swept over me accompanied by a guilt that seemed to feed (on) my conscience like acid on limestone. My eyes brimmed with tears andburning of my cheeks. Every drop felt like heavy and (served as) a reminder that I was the reason for the death of the man (died). I could have asked that man what was the wrong or taken him to (called) a hospital. However, the (that) barricade of selfishness prevented me.
This should be a lesson to those who couldn’t care less about anything other than themselves. This should be a lesson to ignorant people, like I once was who truly do not understand the importance of humanity. I wish and hope that something like this will never happen to me again.
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