In Defense of Honor.
On her deathbed, Andrew Jackson's mother gave him the following admonition:
“No one will respect you more than you respect yourself... Never bring a suit in law for assault or for defamation. The law affords no remedy for such outrages that can satisfy the feelings of a true man.
Never wound the feelings of others. Never brook wanton outrage upon your own feelings.
If you ever have to vindicate your feelings or defend your honor, do it calmly...”
In his life time, Andrew Jackson went on to survive more than a dozen pistol duels. He would not be insulted.
And while a wild propensity for violence at eight paces apart is hardly advisable (and highly criminal), perhaps a healthy indignation towards our own shortcomings is what is missing from us achieving our goals.
Fight like life depends on it.