Well, once upon a time I was walking out of a gathering of esteemed individuals and as I was about to open the gate from the back yard to the front yard, I heard a sloshing sound and something hit my back. I turned around and discovered a red plastic cup on the ground, I smelt the hoppy aroma of a well-crafted beer, and I eyed a fine gentleman standing some distance away looking at me menacingly.
To this assault, I could only find one word.
"Really?" I inquired, not quite so chipper.
From there the gentleman inquired what I was saying to his "[fine lady]".
I informed him that no such meeting of minds or words had occurred, and at this point the gentlemen made a quick repetitive motion - a hand gesture, quite like one would make with a ice pick - and informed me that I should "[vacate the premises or he would place a dagger in my thorax]".
I found this quite disagreeable and I went on my way - the same way I would have gone if I had not been interrupted just a few moments prior - and sat in my car for a moment as he then came around to the front yard of the house and threw what appeared to be a large amount of detritus (with much gusto, fervor, and noise) onto the neighborhood cars and properties.
I can tell you that I had little to win there, except some small bit of pride, which in the face of some foolish confrontation that would have ended in one or both of us with grievous injury, is a small enough loss that I find it acceptable, except in my most unreasonable hours.
What have/would you fight for? When is it time to go to war?
I practise liberal democracy within my country and that precludes violence. And although I believe all war is evil, I know, sometimes, it is necessary to choose the lessor two evils.
However it is good to know that the number of wars is going down, and has been for a while. However we can now see that wars are more likely to be fought within nations than between nations.
And it seems literate, democratic nations are less likey to war than illiterate dictatorships. However in the global village of electronic tribalism, it seems war between illiterate tribes is likely to increase.
How lucky we capitalised on the printing press of 1440 with universal literacy. And how unlucky are those illiterate tribal societies being driven to a frenzy by electronic tribalism on top of their illiterate tribalism.
A man builds. A parasite asks 'Where is my share?'
A man creates. A parasite says, 'What will the neighbors think?'
A man invents. A parasite says, 'Watch out, or you might tread on the toes of God... '