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Standing up for yourself by fighting back...physically.
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Posted 1/24/14
I try to talk rationally with people and I've never thrown the first punch but if they attack me then i'm hitting right back (probably lose most likely though)
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26 / F / New Jersey, USA
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MiracleDreams101 wrote:

words speak louder than words so whats in need for the violence? even if you were already the one to be punched. I rather be the bigger person, say what i have to say and leave.


It's better to walk away dusting that nonsense off your shoulder like nothing happen then losing yourself to something petty?
Posted 1/24/14

qualeshia3 wrote:


MiracleDreams101 wrote:

words speak louder than words so whats in need for the violence? even if you were already the one to be punched. I rather be the bigger person, say what i have to say and leave.


It's better to walk away dusting that nonsense off your shoulder like nothing happen then losing yourself to something petty?


well im not going to get myself worked up over something unless it was something that truly matter to me like my son..
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GerryO wrote:

I try to talk rationally with people and I've never thrown the first punch but if they attack me then i'm hitting right back (probably lose most likely though)


It's okay to run away.

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My Turn:

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Honestly I think it's a travesty that society considers fighting so abhorrent. Sometimes, kids just need to fight it out. One of my best friends in middle school was someone that became my friend after we got into it. I don't even remember what it is we were fighting about, but after we beat the crap out of each other, we understood each other better and started respecting each other more. Now when adults get into a fist fight, that's just sad and immature, unless both parties agree it's the only way to settle differences and set some rules to ensure it doesn't get out of hand.

To answer your question: depends on the situation and the person you're arguing with. It's all based on outcome. I ask myself these questions: What are the consequences? Is it worth it? Is it even worth the effort? - if I can answer yes to the last 2 questions, game on!

As for your bonus question: yes, better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

Here's a better bonus question: If you knew someone was planning to kill you, and there was no feasible way to stop it, would you kill that person first? Basically, would you do a preemptive strike?
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For the first question, it would depend on the circumstances. If something is about to get physical, I can usually de-escalate the situation verbally. But if someone else threw the first punch and they weren't going to stop; yes, I would let use whatever means necessary to stop the threat to my well-being. Note that I wouldn't just keep hitting them once the conflict was over, however.

For your second question, it also depends on the circumstances. Here's a legal view.

If someone were to break into my house and I saw that they were armed and had their weapon drawn, I would take the shot before they could. I wouldn't even need to wait. Castle doctrine, a core principle of common law, holds that "my home is my castle, and any invasion is like an act of war." Thus I don't need to fear for my life, you don't have to be armed; I may take your life if you make an unlawful entry upon my home. Where I live, this is codified in California Penal Code §198.5. This is known as justifiable homicide.

If you are outside of your home, but in a place where you are lawfully allowed to be, you may have a duty to retreat depending upon which state you are in before the homicide can be considered justified by reason of self-defense. If you are inside a vehicle, be prepared for a legal nightmare, twice more so if you are inside a motor home.
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31 / Colorado
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If somebody hits you, you hit back. Pacifism is one thing, and believing in non-violence is great, but if you choose to just let someone attack you (which could end up in you being hurt/maimed/killed) without attempting to defend yourself, then you aren't worthy of the most precious thing you have - your life.
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Posted 1/25/14
... These threads, though.
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M / The Real World
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Nowadays, however, cyberbullying is the number one form of bullying. I myself was bullied on this very site and nothing was done about it. It got so bad it did go to real life, she got me fired from my job, she stole actual money from me, and still nothing has been done to her. You have to ask yourself- in a with a growing world and an interweb just as dangerous as the slums of Gotham, is it worth it to even fight if nothing will be done in the end?
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37 / M / Houston
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Never be afraid to strike another human. Oftentimes they will have deserved it if the situation has escalated to the need of physical violence and "defense" and this is the only "language" some neanderthals understand. Humanity is vile at it's core, many of us merely try to mask it and surround ourselves with "friends", yet the truth is everyone is out for number one.

Killing another human in self-defense is no big deal. When it boils down to the question of: My life or yours? Yours, undoubtedly yours friend. There is no need to go into great detail. That is a simple answer to a simple question. Again, this is in the context of your "self-defense" question and scenario. Killing without the just cause of protecting your own life, I do not sanction.

Also, on a side note, I'm one of the nicest folks you'd meet irl and routinely do things like purchase games/toys for others (online and irl) even though my own finances are far from perfect. However, I am a realist first and foremost.
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26 / F / New Jersey, USA
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If I knew someone would kill me I wouldn't know what to do to be honest.
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I never fight with fury anymore, so no. I've learned enough about fighting to know how to always be calm and not just punch out of reflex or anger and rage anymore.

For the second question, yeah I can consider it self-defense if they were really going to kill you. But at the same time, I wouldn't want to feel like I need to be so ready to kill someone at all times, at least, that's not the kind of place I would like to live in.
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23 / M / Kaguya's Panties
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Everybody seems to be writing short novels, so I'll just make my answer short and sweet.

I fight to win. If somebody gets physical, I'll keep swinging until either I've taken them down, or I myself lose consciousness, then in which case I'll just go back and finish it.
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M / Seattle
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Posted 1/26/14
I can't think of anyone I know personally who would start swinging at me in anger. It is something incredibly unlikely to to happen.
If a stranger hauled off and punched me, I'd most likely get the heck outta there. I'd assume they had lost their mind or something.
I do own a handgun, and I do have my concealed carry permit. I don't carry all that often mostly because I've only had it a little over a month and I'm not entirely comfortable with it yet. Could I use it to defend myself? I think so, but I hope I never have to find out.
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