Ahh good, a bfi thread. I dont think he is writing a thesis, I think he is borderline schizophrenic. I think he sees the world as a threat and lives in fear of it. I think he one day will stop taking his meds, or overdo his meds and we will all see him on tv news.
That being said; I see nothing wrong with fighting. I have not been in a "fight" for nearly 20 years. At one time I was an amateur boxer, and I still slug a big bag at least 4 or 5 times week. One of my wifes cousins was into boxing as well, I worked with him in Colorado when I lived there; that boy had real talent (and anger issues). He went 32-0 with 29 knockouts as his ticket before going to mma in 2009. I teach my kids to box, how to stand, how to breathe, how to deliver a punch, but most importantly how to keep your wits about them in a stressful situation.
The talk above about martial arts and knowing some skills is kinda silly to me. What is important is keeping your cool. And I dont mean just in a fight, but most importantly before a fight. attitude, stance, body language, being aware of your surroundings. I grew up in bad neighborhoods, I work downtown now, I traveled the world and seen ghettos in Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, New York and Singapore. None of it matters .. what matters is not being a dumbass. Not being a tourist. Not being a victim. Treat people with respect and the same will flow back from them. Speak to people on their level, fit in. dont be a fool. People will advertise bad intentions if they have them. You should be aware of your situation to pick up on these and pick up a fear (something wrong) vibe. Get away from dangerous people before they become violent, defuse a situation before it becomes dangerous. it is not that difficult.
If you do have to actually fight, get it done in two or three blows. I still honestly believe that most fights (outside of a ring) are won or lost in the first 10 seconds. So win it early. Lastly, never go into a knife fight for any reason, f##king run.