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On February 5, 2022 at about 10:40 PM Kevin Somers of Amagansett, NY was transported to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
When I teach a self-defense class or answer student questions, they always give me “what would you do” questions. I love these questions as I usually learn something too. But I never give a straight answer, not right away. I want my students to think, so when they are in a “what would you do” situation they will think then.
I always start my answer with this simple question:
What happened before that?
This is usually a stumper but it makes them think about how we got to the “what would you do” situation. Then I ask of ways they could have avoided the “what would you do” situation. Finally, we look at how you handle the “what would you do” situation, just in case.
We all tend to forget how quickly a life can be lost. I blame the movies, the trivialize the damage a person can take before succumbing to death. They convince us we can survive jumping from a 2nd or 3rd story roof, with a quick wince and a roll before we are running down the street. We can be hit by a car and get up and continue running. We can be beaten with fists, and feet and baseball bats or iron bars and get up to save the day. None of that is true. None of that is real. We break, we bruise, we are permanently maimed, we die, we humans are incredibly fragile despite our resilience. Death comes all to quickly from something as simple as a punch to the head or a fall or a trip down the stairs.
Before the Movies trivialized our mortality we were careful. We would often think before getting into a “what would you do” situation because the danger of death was all to obvious to us. Death was more common then, it is good we live in different times, perhaps though we should spend more time thinking about what happened before, perhaps then we rarely would get into a “what would you do situation” because we would be smart enough to see it coming and head the other way, living to fight another, smarter day.
What does this have to do with Kevin Somers? I do not know.
Kevin Somer, 45 years old, went to the home of Marc Dern, 35 years old on the evening of February 5, 2022 at about 10:30 PM. There was an altercation, Mr. Dern was not injured, but Mr. Somers of Amagansett was taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, “where he was pronounced dead”.
So, Who was Kevin Somers? I do not know.
What was he doing at Marc Dern’s house? I do not know.
What was the altercation about? I do not know.
What caused the fatal injury? I do not know.
Does any of that matter? No, Life Lost Quickly for any reason is a tragedy. It is to late to ask “what would you do”, there are no rewind buttons in life. All we can do is think before we act and hope we make the right decisions.
Our condolences to the family of Kevin Somers.
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