In the news clip that Camlost forwarded, three friends on a spring break trip are (ineptly) held up by two armed blacks:
Two of them fight off the attackers. The third one freezes up during the scuffle, keeping his hands up the entire time. Can’t freeze up like that when your friends need your help. “He’ll have to live w/ that now. For, oh, the rest of his life.” — Suburban_elk
He was tested when he least expected it. He failed. But he’s young and he can use that experience as a wake-up call. Two qualities of character — situational awareness and indifference to one’s own life in clutch moments — will be valuable in the Fiery Twenties. He will live this video down when one day he protects his family.
Physical Bravery and Young Age analyzes the conditions under which a civilization’s young men are ready for war, and conditions under which they are not.
Some men are soft because they never got into a fight in their formative age, thus they never stood up to their fear. Maybe his two friends, the ones who attacked the gunmen and won, had their share of fights. I was once at that crossroads, described here. It was schooldays stuff, but I gave a punch and took a punch to the face. It was a rite of passage.