"Don't stoop to his level. You're a much bigger person than that."
You think so? Is that phrase supposed to make me feel better about myself? Am I supposed to feel more superior to the perpetrator of the actions that are supposed to hurt my feelings?
Even as a child, I have always wondered why people say that. Despite what some people who know me think, I am human. And, as a human being, my first gut instinct is to retaliate. And by that, I don't mean violence... necessarily. For example, if someone shows up at your doorstep and begins to scream expletives at you, do you just calmly ask them to leave? Not me. And this comes from my mother, I open the door and shove my foot into their stomach, then into their face as the writhe in pain on the floor. For me, I don't see that as "stooping to his level". I see that as come again and I will kick your ass again.
Again, if someone comes up to me and begins to say stupid things, I always have some sort of comeback. Thank goodnes that my mother taught me the power of wit and cutdowns. If you are going to come to me and begin talking shit, then guess what... shit will be tossed back in return. I think that is only fair. I don't think it's stooping to any lower level. Talk shit, get shit back. Again, my mother's motto.
Now before anyone starts to relate all this to the war in the Middle East, blah blah blah... STOP! I am talking about people who invade your personal space and try to demean your well-being. I'm only talking on a personal level. I'm not condoning bombing a city or setting one's house on fire. If you have that much anger, then your issues are way past my race, sexuality, or way of life. You need to sort that shit out with your mama. Because the bitch fucked you up.