Insults are important. And their importance is emphasized here because they persist even though they are against the rules we all agree to abide by.
So what is an insult? An insult is like spitting in someone's face. It is showing our victim is worthless.
And we show our victim is worthless because we want to belong, we want to them to be like us. We want them to be worthless like us. So we insult them in order to belong.
This behavior is common in gangs, were we all feel worthless together. And surprisingly, and interestingly, this behavior is common in groups of non-commissioned soldiers. Who would have guessed these armed and trained men feel so worthless together?
There are many here who think insults are fun, but they have a far more serious purpose. And the purpose is not to make the victim feel worthless. It is not to say I am worthless. No, the real purpose of insults is to make us belong.
And the price for belonging is being worthless.