Giving up the “bird”

Growing up in the city there were certain cultural rules that were understood by all young persons.One of the abiding guide posts was that if someone pushed ,you , you pushed back. If there was conflict you went on the offensive. Never back down and the goal was always to find ways to win. There certainly is some value in defending yourself against verbal assaults, and following your right to be respected, but it can become the dominant way of a lifestyle.Everyday there are little incidents when it is almost instinctive that I respond with the old city “get in their face attitude”, but I find it less and less fulfilling.Giving someone the”bird” may fill an archaic macho need but it brings nothing positive to the world. Our differences color the way we perceive the world but these mini conflicts can be ways in which we find better ways to handle the myriad confrontations of life.

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