Thread: is fightin' in yer blood?
12/27/2008 11:05am, #71Originally Posted by Lily
Also, the world needs a little romance.
A touch of glurge to oil the wheels.
A smattering of heroic nostalgia to melt the heart and inspire the timid.
Pontificate on, Zendo...Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.
12/27/2008 12:14pm, #72Originally Posted by The Hogfather
Don't you want to make it to Valhalla to fight impossible battles over and over again and eat and drink until you've got more rolls than a bakery on sunday morning? Get on track here, man! Grab a beer and start pretending you're tough **** like the rest of us!"Intelligence is nothing more than discussing things with others. Limitless wisdom comes of this." - 山本 常朝
12/27/2008 12:25pm, #73
Go back far enough and you'll be hard pushed to find anyone without a fighter of some description in their bloodline. If there's one thing humans are good at, it's getting into large and bloody wars. We had a couple of doozies last century to swell the numbers of people with recent bloodshed in their family tree.
I actually come from a pretty non-violent lineage in recent times. One grandfather missed out on WWII through being blind in one eye (woodcutting accident), the other was an RAF engineer who scored an OBE for work on air-to-air refuelling. When it comes to ancestry, though, it's all Border Reiver clans as far as the eye can see on my father's side, and Highlanders on my mother's. As a kid, I used to drive past the Devil's Beef Tub on my way to visit my grandmother, where men who were probably distant ancestors of mine hid stolen cattle. Five hundred years of reproduction and marriages later, though, I probably share some of those ancestors with people on this very board.
I'm not a hothead, not particularly aggressive, just extremely competitive. I doubt blood has much to do with it in my case; it's more to do with getting a taste for victory at an early age. Maybe it's always more of a cultural thing than a genetic thing. The children of those who had to fight teach their children to fight too, but if their children don't fight they may not pass it on to the next generation. People turn pacifist, sometimes for religious reasons. Pacifists from childhood decide to become fighters. It ebbs and flows.
12/27/2008 12:27pm, #74Originally Posted by Sophist
PROOF that I'm not a completely useless poster:
Originally Posted by Cy Q. Faunce
12/27/2008 12:40pm, #75
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- Sep 2007
Both grandpas fought in WW2 along pretty much every great uncle and male relatives of the same age. Dad is a great big softie, but my mom could probably punch out Satan if he tracked mud on the carpets.
My earliest known ancestors shared a name with me in the 1500's, and was apparently a magistrate, a landowner and a great big cheat in pretty much everything.
And one other guy with the same name was hanged as a notorious highwayman in the 1700's.
I like to believe that i've been around here for looong.
12/27/2008 4:08pm, #76
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- Flint, Mi.
As far as I know, I'm pretty much the start of anyone in my line that actually tried to train to fight. My dad wrestled some in high school, but he was more interested in competitive weightlifting, while my brother took to football. I do know that at my dad's side of the family had some hotheaded members, and they sometimes settled their issues with fists.
12/27/2008 6:05pm, #77
My dad killed a polar bear with his bare hands.