Can you imagine going through what "Miami cannibal" attack victim Ronald Poppo suffered on May 26 -- and living to tell the tale? Poppo is speaking up for the first time since surviving an assault so unspeakably horrible it sent the nation into a zombie-crazed panic. (I mean, think about it: We were so unwilling to believe any human being could be capable of what "face-eating" maniac Rudy Eugene did to Poppo that the zombie theory seemed almost less terrifying!) The fact that the 65-year-old homeless man is speaking at all is incredible enough, but what he has to say is even more mind-blowing. One would expect the victim of such a crime to harbor at least some degree of bitterness and resentment. To be angry at the person who violently blinded and disfigured him.
But Poppo doesn't sound angry or bitter or resentful. In fact, he sounds grateful to be alive.
Grateful, particularly, to the police officers who stopped Eugene from killing him. He said:
“If they didn’t get there in a nick of time, I would’ve definitely been in worse shape. Possibly I’d be DOA.”
Wow. In his mind, he could be in "worse shape." What an astoundingly positive outlook. As for what actually happened to him, his perspective is remarkably matter-of-fact. Not a hint of self-pity:
“He just ripped me to ribbons. He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes. Basically that’s all there is to say about it.”
Amazing. Poppo also seems to be in acceptance of the fact that he may never know why Eugene attacked him. All he knows for sure, he told police, is that Eugene mentioned something about trying to score a particular drug at a nearby beach and leaving empty-handed:
“He apparently didn’t have a good day at the beach ... and I guess he took it out on me or something. I don’t know.”
I don't think anyone ever will know or understand what motivated Rudy Eugene on that terrible day, but we can all be inspired by Ronald Poppo's enduring human spirit.
Are you amazed by Ronald Poppo's positive outlook?
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