I often wonder what separates human predator from human prey in today’s world. What is it that drives some to act as warriors and others to simply succumb to the evils of the world? While I may not have the exact answer, and we may never have one, I would go out on a limb and say that the answer is all mental. It is the mind that allows one to overcome fears and phobias, to step up and face the monsters.
I have watched it transpire ever since I was growing up in one of the rougher areas of the sixth largest city in the U.S. Predators, bad guys, criminals—whatever label you put on these people, they prey upon those who do not or will not stand up and defend themselves. These criminals feed on the weaknesses, perceived or real, of good and decent people within our society. They often escalate this behavior, becoming more and more violent as their confidence rises with each victim they traumatize. If they meet other like-minded thugs, they often fall into packs and together, their behavior and victimization of the innocent increases dramatically.