When you’re a man and you get slapped, your first response is to apologize.
Sometimes it sounds like this, “I’m sorry. Did I hurt your hand…with my face?”
To be a true man means you don’t retaliate. The first thing a child does is start swinging, try to get in a couple of shots, try to “even the score”. The childish mindset will sometimes even try to find vicious ways to get revenge when the other person isn’t looking. The cowardly way of children who pretend to not be hurt, but hold a grudge anyway, is contemptible.
An adult male, otherwise known as a man, will have matured beyond such petty psychopathic responses. The mature male will apologize even if he doesn’t know what he could have possibly done wrong. Even if a quick mental review of everything he did in the past few hours seems legitimately good, he’ll say he was sorry, knowing full well there’s more harm in holding the apology to save face than there is in bringing on potential embarrassment.
A real man cares less about his own feelings than someone else’s emotional state.
A real man doesn’t think insults are a form of humor.
A real man defends women and children.
Real men will tell you how it’s going to happen long before they hit you. “Listen buddy. If you go on talking crass that way, you better get a plastic bag to hold your teeth.”
“Because I’m going to knock them out.”
Yep. And another outcome, generally, if a couple of mature males happen to lose their tempers and lose their mature cool and start hitting each other, is that they’ll have more respect for each other afterward. Scientists the world around haven’t been able to discover how this works, but it does.
So just back away and let them work it out the way only men can.