The Man on the Tracks

October 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm 4 comments

photo by lola
I wish I were somewhere else, but then I wouldn’t have learned a valuable lesson.

I remember being called for an emergency onsite support that day. I got finished at around 4 p.m. looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing evening. It wasn’t meant to be. A man jumped onto the subway tracks which caused delays in service. I got home late as usual. If there was any consolation, a lot of the passengers did, too.

The man got his moment of fame at the expense of the commuting public. The local news reported later that the man was tired of sleeping on the streets for six years and that he committed this brazen act to bring attention to his plight. He refused to get off the tracks until television cameras arrived. He almost died in the process. Many others who took the same route didn’t survive.

It took sometime before service came back to normal. I was upset. The rest of the commuters were upset. We had the right to be upset. On the other hand, were the inconveniences that we had experienced worth saving a life? I think so. After all, he’s a fellow member of the human race. But, thank goodness, I was off the following day. I had the whole day to recuperate.

The incident was quite an eye-opener to me who had been too absorbed with work lately with no social life to speak of. It was for a lot of people, too. Anxious to get the latest update on the situation, we tuned in to our surroundings. We stopped playing with our smartphones. We turned off our iPods. More importantly, we started talking and interacting with each other.

The man on the tracks brought back our humanity. By the way, the man has got a name. His name is Michael.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. andy  |  November 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    The homeless are people, too.

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 3, 2012 at 1:38 pm


      totally agree.

  • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  July 1, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Interesting anecdote of an all too familiar reality in NYC–not so much the people jumping onto tracks (thank goodness) but the realities of almost invisible homeless persons, whom we all see and yet not very often stop to SEE.

    • 4. plaridel  |  July 2, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      na’ama yehuda:

      i totally agree.


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