"Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers" - Voltaire
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self" -Hemingway
He was 18 years old and his friend is 22 ...I'm sure he was trying to impress his older friend with how tough he could be. That kind of thing seems to be pretty important to teenage black kids.
Keep in mind that he graduated high school, had a clean police record and was due to start vocational school in a few weeks. he had a dream of starting his own business one day.
I'm not saying that he was an angel. He made some really stupid bad decisions that day...
But he did not deserve to be murdered and I believe he was.
Once the macho contest kicked off (who dis-respected who and who dominates who), both Brown and Wilson were operating not on logic, but on emotion. Things rapidly escalated. I dont think neither Brown nor Wilson ever thought it would go that far, that fast.