Dear Jonny, Assaulting Over Opinions?
Why do some people feel the need to physically assault an individual when an opposing opinion is presented? Have you ever done so?
I’m sure that most people who choose to assault someone over a differing opinion probably go that route because they lack the ability to effectively counter whatever point is being made in the moment. It’s easier to give in to frustration and punch someone in the nose than it is to take a step back, patiently sum up whatever it is they have to say, then utilize careful logic to both dissect their argument and validate your own. In short, some people resort to violence because it’s easier. Have I ever done so? Hell, I’m the eldest of three brothers. Half my childhood was spent beating on the younger two over differences of opinion (Such as: “I’m going to burn your favorite stuffed animal.” “No you’re not.” Smack.) As for whether or not I’ve acted that way in adulthood, sure I have. For some years I was a bouncer/doorman in a violent shit hole (See my “We Were Bouncers” article for additional info.) that regularly saw meth-addled ex-con patrons say things such as “I don’t have to take off my knife and you can’t stop me from coming in.” Obviously my opinion differed, and sometimes that led to an assault. But that’s certainly understandable, no?