Some people put no value on human life. On the east side of Detroit, in districts where the police don't go, victims are often chosen at random and they are shot as part of the initiation rites of certain gangs. Human life has become worthless.
Some people have learnt the value of life, having experienced a close encounter with death. Ross Capicchioni is one of these people. Shot three times at point blank range, he thought he was dead. He received a shot in his head, through his heart and in his arm. Who can survive this? Ross Capicchioni did.
Some people don't believe in angels. I'm not so sure. Ross Capicchioni forced himself to get to his feet, fighting off the desire to sink into oblivion and took a few steps, before collapsing again. He swears that somebody helped him and felt a force pushing him forward towards the safety of the road.
Some people might have fainted at the sight of a young man staggering towards them, covered in blood, but the social worker who was passing by stopped and went to his aid. He said later that he didn't believe that Ross could survive such serious wounds. Nevertheless, he called an ambulance.
Some people would have given up for lost, a patient who had suffered such internal injuries; but the doctor that attended Ross thought that a 17 year-old boy should be given a chance, however slim that chance might be.
Against all odds, Ross survived.
Some people would have given in, but Ross is a fighter, and he struggled to maintain consciousness despite the terrible pain. He knew that if he fainted he was going to die. The judge called him a warrior. The man accused of attempting to murder Ross only received a sentence of 35 years. He was told that he should be grateful to Ross, if he had died, he would have faced life imprisonment.
Some people might consider themselves unlucky to have been shot. Ross was picked at random and had done nothing to deserve such misfortune. But he considers himself fortunate and focuses on the good things in his life and not on his terrible experiences. He has learnt the value of life.
Some people can teach us a lot.