How Animals Fight

Watch animals e.g. insects, reptiles, deer, birds— They strut and glare at each other, deciding which one would be more likely to win a fight. The weaker withdraws. Only if they are too closely matched to make the determination do they actually fight. And even then they do, they do it in a ritualised way and the fight stops as soon as the stronger is determined. Rarely is either animal seriously injured.

Humans have delusions of grandeur. They overestimate their own strength (e.g. that a deity will tip the balance in their favour) and hence get into fights when they have no chance of prevailing. Further, they fight in ways that cause permanent injury or death.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)