Have you ever been on a crowded bus or tram and witnessed a disturbance? Did you feel for the victim? Or were you encouraged by the actions of the tormenter? Feeling uncomfortable as a witness unable to leave the situation until the doors opened at the next stop?
Imagine how many extra layers of feelings, alliances, emotions, and other distractions are clouding your focus which held your undivided attention before the disturbance began. Did you forget your train of thought? For how long were you engaged in the distraction from what you were doing?