Fighting changes each decadeâ€¦ it is difficult to know if violence is on the rise, or when to say â€œboys will be boysâ€ and sometimes that means finding your physical strength at the expense of another boy, or the other way around. I do think however that we have entered an era of the most unfair battlefields we have ever experienced, and I donâ€™t mean what is happening in Iraq.
Fights. In the 40â€™s and 50's (I'm told) if you were â€œhigh classâ€ and you disagreed with someone you would pretty much not say anything. It was rude to openly bring your differences to the table. For those who felt that they needed to make a negative statement, a sniff, turn of the head, and brisk walk away spoke volumes. If you tune in to Ted Turner's classics on a Sunday afternoon, you can usually see a woman in gloves slap a guy for being ungentlemanly. Schoolyard brawls took place, like the one in â€œA Christmas Storyâ€ when one kid pummeled the other and observers yelled â€œcâ€™mon hit emâ€™ againâ€ the schoolyard bully got a black eye. Other than I think there was some ongoing organized crime action with gangsters, as well as some the â€œJetsâ€ and the â€œSharksâ€ dancing with knives in â€œWest Side Storyâ€. There were â€œfighting rulesâ€ and everybody seems to know what they were, even the cops and robbers.
In the 60's (I guess) if you disagreed with someone you would do drugs with them. When an argument broke out someone in a tie-dyed shirt would say, "Hey man, hit this dubieâ€. There was fighting going on in Vietnam and everyone was against that, so I donâ€™t think it was much of a fighting decade. I have heard stories about someone freaking out on LSD and thinking an avocado was trying to eat them but that hardly counts. There was fighting between the races and It became unpopular to wear white sheets and carry on nighttime violence. Reverend Martin Luther King was fighting back peacefully and with nonviolence and it seemed to be working, until he got shot.
Although I wasn't doing much fighting in the 70's (hard to fight in a diaper) it appears that if you were at odds with someone you had a dance-a-thon with them. Or, your boys met them and their boys in the alley behind the disco so that you could fight to the beat of the music. It also seemed to be a time when â€œEverybody Was Kung Fu Fightingâ€ but that was more of a one man show with numbchucks whizzing through the air as everyone backed away in fear. The 70â€™s werenâ€™t a big fighting era either but they did have motorcycle gangs that didnâ€™t really bother anyone except other motorcycle gangs.
The 80â€™s were some tough times. Bruce Springstien in his tight kick ass jeans telling us we needed to be â€œBorn In The U.S.A.â€. I started having some experience with fighting which often began over hitting on someoneâ€™s girl, talking stuff, or getting pushed in the hall (purposely or accidentally). I know something about how your Mom said, â€œJust ignore themâ€ or â€œtry to talk it outâ€ and that didnâ€™t work. Everyone needed to know where he or she stood in the pecking order and they fought to find out their rank. Guys with short arms were outta luck. The treat of weapons was in the air. Girls started fighting (usually over a guy) and they screamed and pulled each otherâ€™s big hair.
Then came the 90â€™s. Iâ€™m sure it is just because I was getting older but I became very aware of fighting. Ultimate fighting with NO RULES had been going on behind closed doors (kinda like Michael Vic's dogs) but in the 90â€™s it went public. Mosh pits were â€œfree for allsâ€ where hard music led to hard bodies meeting with spiked jewelry designed to do damage. Guys fought because they could or needed to save face. Couples fought. Fought with words, fists, fingernails, and lots of slapping. The rules changed when the law decided that on a domestic violence call, SOMEBODY was going to jail. Assault weapons were bought and sold on the streets, drive-bys were common. Cops beat up people and south central LA responded. OJ Simpson got in a fight with a couple of people and that was big news. We ended the 90â€™s with Columbine. All the rules changed. No place was safe. We started a new century in fear.
And now we are in the 2000â€™s. We have fights that include random people being shot in Virginia for sport, Timothy McVae fighting with a US government building, Islamic extremists fighting the twin towers, but we also have a new kind of fight. Cyberwars.
When you cyber battle it is done without a punch being thrown People are cruel anonymously, reputations are ruined and computer geeks get revenge all the way around the world. Recently I ran into a couple of fighters who had never met. They joined some kind of computer dating thing. She â€œwinkedâ€ at him and then rejected him as being â€œincompatibleâ€. He freaked out and messed with her myspace, she blasted him all over the internet and war was declared. I read what they both had to say and it was some messed up stuff and foolish drama but it occurs daily. I also know that this same girl had a problem in Cabo with another girl but never said a word until she got home and then bashed the girl on her occupational website, the place where she makes her living. Somehow it doesnâ€™t seem right. Even though soldiers may not have ever met, blue uniforms fought gray. Lives changed or ended for flags, a way of life, apple pie and Susie back home. They put their life on the line. There is just something WRONG about posting â€œthis guy is the worldâ€™s worst pigâ€ or â€œthis girl says sheâ€™s a model but she did dirty lesbian porn in Tahitiâ€ for the world to see. This stuff has gone on in the past but it was usually written in a bar bathroom stall. What is gained by attacking someone you have never met and never will? Where are the bugles, the marching and the blood? And why do people who want to sound intimidating and intelligent always sign their cyber-hate anonymously? If you have something to say, back it up with a name. Itâ€™s like going to war in a mask.
No Iâ€™m drawing the line. Cyber-battle just isnâ€™t right and Iâ€™m asking everyone to take a stand. It isnâ€™t a brawl unless there are sound effects. A bloody nose is almost a requirement. And a little yellow un-smiley face just doesnâ€™t cut it. So cyber haters, go away. Get off the airwaves. If you have a problem with someone you have never met and choose to waste time blasting them, exchange emails, tell your friends have a good laugh and get over it. War is a far too beautiful a concept to mess up the rules.
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Fair Fighting or Fighting Flare?
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