A very interesting conversation, and topic that we all need to examine and understand. I think Pax's point about confidence and willingness is the core issue of this discussion. Situational awareness and tactical skills are essential to an attitude that speaks louder than words. I am not talking about the false bravado that tries to mask fear and insecurity or the macho chest thumping of the lower primate; but the attitude that says, "I am not a victim, leave me alone."
Most of us have seen and experienced situations where calmly, and confidently dealing with aggressors has prevented trouble. There is no substitute for that.
"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." Benjamin Franklin
Last edited by K_Mac; August 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM.