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what can I say
Honor, Courage, Virtue. These are what makes a man.
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps."
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945
Agreed Freedom Doc!
This should be a lesson for us all.
Mr. Leonton is a humanist, or atleast acted as one, and attempted to appeal to the BG at two levels; (1) By stating he was sickly and had a medical condition that under prolonged stress such as being choked out could result in his death, and (2) that he being armed he might be forced to hurt the BG if he continued the attack.
Reason and logic though indicate that those humanist appeals are fubar right out the gate because; (1) The BG by preying on an elderly man _and_ attempting to choke him out has shown his mental state by the actions he's taken. He does not have any care or concern for the general well being of his prey and if he did then the situation would not be occurring. Leonton's plea was a waste of his vital air and conscious time. (2) As Mr. Leonton attempted to play 'Let's Make A Deal' with the BG the BG being a predator took this as a sign of weakness on Mr. Leonton's part. He reasoned to himself and bet that the old man would either break, pass out, or give up the cash to buy his way out of injury or death. Like most prey will do.
Leonton did the humanist thing in trying to appeal to the BGs sense of humanity and through that hoping for/expecting mercy and release.
As well he attempted to employ reason and logic to a predator, an animal, which acts by nothing more than emotional desire, instinct, training, and learned response per it's enivronment. Reason and logic are foreign concepts and definitely not principles that are recognized muchless respected.
He was lucky to make it , even as he did have an equalizing tool (firearm) in hand.
I bet Leonton is right now at home broken up about having taken the life of a human. Probably even having bad dreams about it and may even need to see a shrink to reconcile things. Completely human and normal emotions.
The person he put down though it was just a dumb animal only in the form of a man. A human it was but not a person. It was a wolf, dog, or hyena that walked upright on two legs and possessed opposable thumbs.
Leonton should thank the lucky stars he was seeing while being choked out that he survived.
The stars and who ever was he mfr. of that equalizer he'd had in hand.
Dick Van Dyke back in the day advised that when on fire to; "Stop!...Drop...Roll".
As much applies to walking the streets these days. When facing fire yell to the BG/animal "STOP!"...then drop it where it stands...and roll out to cover/concealment.
Attempting to make deals and bargain for your life with devils and rabid dogs is a poor plan of action that rarely, without an equalizer, works out to ones advantage.
- Janq is a realist