Fighting is a barbaric practice, whether it is with a gun on a battlefield or with your fist on a city street. In many cases we fight for the wrong reasons: to defend honor we have yet to earn, to show off, for anger or revenge, or even for petty national interests.
World of Warcraft character Chen Stormstout said something that should make us all pause. “To ask why ‘why we fight’ is to ask ‘why leaves fall’. It is in there nature. Why do we fight? To defend home and family, to preserve balance and promote harmony. For my kind the question is not ‘why do we fight’ but ‘what is worth fight for’.”
We must search ourselves for the worth of the fight. If we raise our fists without thought, we are no more than barbarians in a drunken brawl. We must all think before we use aggression. Ask yourself if this fight is worth fighting. If the answer is no, then do not fight.
It is up to us as human beings to decide what is worth fighting for. Our nation was founded on the worth of freedom and the willingness to fight for it. We dishonor that spirit each time we raise our fists in anger.
Think of that next time you consider strike at anyone. You will be glad you did.