This is a terrible story about being mugged in NYC....MAYBE ONE OF THE WORST WHERE THE GUY MANAGED TO LIVE!
It sounds like the kind of stories I was told by mugging victims who worked in Manhatten (where I spent time).
Millions of people live and work in the 'behavioral sink' that is NYC. It can drive people mad when they do not feel part of the society around them. Sometimes senseless acts victimize innocent people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But that can be anywhere in the city.
The difficult aspect of this vicarious violence is how hard it is to avoid violent members of the city's underbelly. It is a free society where people can travel anywhere using public transit or otherwise. You never know who is going to walk up to you and ask for the time, only to steal your cell phone after you refer to the clock function.
Mr. Gavagan provides a rallying call for anyone wanting change:
PUSH BACK AGAINST CHAOS
Ed Gavagan was walking down the street in downtown Manhattan when he was the victim of a gang assignment to kill a random stranger. He lives to tell the amazing story.
Why you should listen to him:
In 2007 Gavagan told the story “Drowning on Sullivan Street” at the Moth, the series devoted to stories told live without notes, about his near-death experience on the streets of New York as the victim of a gang initiation rite. His stories have been heard on NPR and the Moth podcast, and he has appeared onstage with the Moth in events across the U.S. Gavagan lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Quotes by Ed Gavagan
“Living in New York City [is] almost like life is dealing you extra hands. … Juxtapositions are possible that you don't think [are] going to happen.”
“It's a peculiar effect of [traumatic memories]: They have this vault where they're stored in high-def and George Lucas did all the sound effects.”
- 12:21 Posted: Sep 2012
Ed Gavagan | Profile on TED.com