WHY DO BOYS NEED TO FIGHT? by Art Smukler MD

Can’t we teach reason? Get together and softly hum kumbaya? Our educators try, but how do you reason with a 16-year-old who has identified with his violent, alcoholic father and now is the father?

How do you reason with a terrorist who sees Western culture as blasphemous? Our president has lost valuable years trying, and to what purpose?

How do you reason with a sociopath, a person with no conscience, who does whatever he wants because it feels good? That’s why we have prisons.

How do you reason with a pedophile, whose sexual drive transcends any decency and logic. You don’t, that’s why Penn State is being sued and will be dragged through the court system.

You can’t reason with unreasonable people! You fight! Go to war! Do whatever it takes to protect yourself, your family and your society.

Using logic in the face of an illogical belief system can be dangerous. It is often perceived as weak and gives license to more bullying, terrorism, sociopathic acts or pedophilic  attacks. Fighting is not a bad thing. It is a necessary tool that we all need to survive in a potentially hostile environment.

Oh, I forgot, girls need to fight too…