Originally Posted by jpeirpont
I think once people know you are willing to fight they are less willing to create a situation in which you'd have to fight them. Unless they are drunk I suppose. My list of reason are the same as the OP. I have been in very few fights. Though I've smacked some people as a warning to them, to let them know fighting me won't be the right move.
I follow a pacifist route, but your words ring true with me.
I remember this one time in high school, when trying out for the track team, I was pretty slow. So a few of the faster kids (they're black, but I won't use this as reason
). Well, they've been fooling with me like small shoulder brushes in a hallway or sneers, but it was enough to irritate me.
Needless to say, I became a thrower, gained about 40 pounds of bulk (160 going in, 200 going out)... when doing drills, one of them came up and started taunting me. I just snapped right then and there and started running after him. Of course, he was faster, but I was bigger than him, so naturally he didn't want to mess with me.
Taught him a lesson. Hell, he was enrolled in the same history class as I was and I sat in the back. One glance at me and he moved to the front seats.