Last night I saw a guy punch another guy in the face. He deserved it, but I realized as I saw it happen that I have never actually seen someone do this in real life. Seen it a million times on TV or in the movies, of course, but it's really strange to see this in real life. (Being female, it is easier to not have seen adults punch each other than if I were male of course.)
I have seen a good amount of fights, and women were the intended audience or instigators in a lot of them. I maintain that women like seeing men fight along the same lines that men like seeing women make out.
I don't know why exactly I am mentioning this, but I guess it is because it's really weird how one thing in a fantasy portrayal is sort of meaningless but in real life it's quite shocking. I suppose there is something primal about this but I'm not sure what it is.
The build-up of tension necessary to create that specific act of aggression is really quite terrible, so in primal times, someone swinging on another dude like that probably instantly communicated to any witnesses, "Let them work this shit out." If you have ever punched anyone in the face, you can back me up here- motherfuckers hafta have it coming for you to just unload like that. The body puts checks in place so that before it comes to that, we try different more peaceful resolutions, WANT TO resolve things without it coming to that, because the chemical and psychological state is rather unpleasant and difficult to maintain.
"Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."
Jack london, "Before Adam"