There's a difference in feeling within me, between NEEDING to stand up for myself and NOT NEEDING to stand up for myself.
There's a difference in feeling within me, between NEEDING to fight back, and NOT NEEDING to fight back.
Someone tosses a grenade. It explodes against my ego. I get angry and respond in defence. I explain, justify, and reason my perspective, my belief, my point of view, as if it is right and true. I find others
who agree with me, and we talk about all the reasons why I am right and why the granade tosser is wrong... and perhaps even why the grenade tosser is less than I am, less than we are, less than human, and perhaps even evil.