As Louie and Phil grilled each other, Mac usually sat in silence. Sometimes he’d ask Louie to describe a recipe, and occasionally he would interject, but getting him to fully participate was rough going. He shared few memories, and though the other two encouraged him, he couldn’t imagine a future. To him, it seemed, the world was too far gone.
Given the dismal record of raft-bound men, Mac’s despair was reasonable. What is remarkable is that the two men who shared Mac’s plight didn’t share his hopelessness.
It remains a mystery why these three young men, veterans of the same training and the same crash, differed so radically in their perceptions of their plight.
The same attributes that had made him the boy terror of Torrance were keeping him alive in the greatest struggle of his life.
Note: Look for the natural tendancies and coach them into good and beneficial behaviors.