If your body is capable of regularly running or jogging, you should. It’s not always convenient or particularly fun. You don’t need to run a marathon or even train for a triathlon. At the core essence of the human body’s ability to run, we find our strongest common ground: the ability to flee.
In this article, we’re going to discuss — point blank — why running in a fight is almost always the correct answer.
Reason #1: You are guaranteed less bodily harm
In any fight, outside of the blind luck chance you completely incapacitate your opponent (never a guaranteed), you are going to take damage. No person entering into a fight is doing so to help their opponent. They’re there for one reason: to survive and hopefully win. To that effect, it is to be expected that an opponent will use every possible advantage. Gouging eyes, pulling off ears, barbaric and very cruel things are possible in close quarters fights. There’s no guarantee that person is going to let you yield.
Running from your opponent guarantees you don’t have to worry about this.
Reason #2: Less issue with the law
While self-defense is an inalienable right granted to all human beings on this earth, the law of the land can and will be used against you. You will have to prove the merit of your actions if you physically harm someone else. Regardless of whether or not you believe your actions to be justified, your logic will have to be demonstrated. Legal fees associated with being represented in a court of law can be extremely expensive and the results, even if you are found innocent, can seriously mess with your life.
If you run, you have far less to worry about from the courtroom.
Reason #3: Hurting someone doesn’t make you right
Just because you have the ability to inflict bodily injury upon another person — right or wrong — does not mean that your cause or goal is morally just. While we can debate the semantics of what morally just means, just like in Reason #2, the ability to prove that will likely cost you time, money, and potential allies.
If you run, you don’t have to worry about the consequences of hurting another person.
Reason #4: You don’t have to risk being maimed permanently for life
No matter how soft or weak you think your opponent is — or how good you think your training is — there’s no way of truly knowing the truth until you enter into physical combat with another person. While in combat, you may not be given the opportunity to think about it the same way again. Back injuries, broken joints, fractured bones, and other injuries sustained in hand-to-hand combat can result in the permanent loss of motor functions and cognitive abilities. In summary, you’ll only be weaker coming out of a fight than when you went in. Is that loss worth it?
Reason #5: People’s impression of you will invariably be worse
While a drunken mob of fools will always cheer on a fight, your participation in a fight will invariably lead to a more negative opinion of you. Even if you feel what you are doing is right or just — outside of a pure need to physically defend yourself, people will view you ultimately as a bully. And, in the age of social media, there’s a decent chance that your altercation may be recorded by an observer and broadcast — leading to both legal and financial obstacles later down the road.
The only reason to fight is because all avenues of escape have been cut off. Outside of that, in almost every single case conceivable, it is better to run.