When people are attacked, they respond.
Even people who are naturally passive and non-confrontational will, when pushed hard enough, strike back.
It’s a natural defense mechanism.
We even do this when attacked with lies.
Someone tells a lie about us and we become almost obsessed wanting to respond with lies about them.
It’s like the old gangster movies, “You hurt one of ours and we hurt one of yours.”
This is NOT a natural defense mechanism—it’s just seeking to respond hurt for hurt, unkindness for unkindness.
It’s our ego’s attempt to balance the scale but it’s not the way a mature person conducts themselves.
It’s not easy to endure being lied about but returning lie-for-lie only makes things worse.
Rise above lies to be the adult you desire to become.