Why are criminals considered "tough?" In some parts of society I've noticed that criminals are valued as "tough human beings." Or if someone can pull a trigger or fight someone else then that's considered "tough." You'll hear someone say "don't start anything with that guy, he's tough." All because he carries around a weapon and does not hesitate to use it. Or if he has the stupidity to mug people etc. etc. You get the point. So why do some people value criminals as being "tough human beings?" I know this is kind of a semantics argument, but it just annoys me to no end when people define these pieces of scum as "tough." My defintion of "tough" for arguments sake is someone who has willful hope when their situation is truly hopeless. To make this more clear, think of a person who survives a certain form of cancer, or someone who still lives a functional life despite being permanently maimed. But anyways, discuss and give me your thoughts. Maybe this is just another misconception of mine, but I have experienced this before so it can't be completely inaccurate.