Someone I know was robbed at gunpoint recently. I reached out to him to check in.
It was nice to hear that he was doing fine. He explained that his philosophy of life is to live every day as if it were a bonus. That meant he was able to keep calm as he saw two guns pointing at him. He gave the two assailants what they wanted and they left without firing any shots.
He also said that he wished the assailants had asked him for help. He would have willingly given them what they needed.
But, my guess is that this is a result of an increase in crime after a year that has been especially difficult for many. The easy availability of guns compounds these challenges.
I’m glad nobody was hurt. I’m also glad for this friend’s calm at gunpoint. His philosophy made me think of my recent journey into stoic teachings.
The stoics would be proud.