shmenguin wrote:i think people who are juxtaposing themselves as martin under the premise of, "it could happen to anyone" need to re-evaluate how they deal with confrontation. maybe all the caveman has made its way out of my genes, but escalating that situation into violence is something i would never see myself doing - and i hope that's true for most people. so while zimmerman is a poor excuse for a human, and what happened to martin was awful and far more than he deserved, if i had to pick one practical takeaway from this, it's don't engage in violence - even if you're being harassed in an extreme way. once you go down that path, you lose far too much control.
I agree with you, but that thought process is usually brought about with maturity. Just like it's silly to call Martin a "child," it's just as foolish to think of him as an adult. I also think that Zimmerman lacked that same type of maturity in his effort to follow Martin.