Life is full of surprises.
I try to be polite when dealing with people I don't know. You never know who they might be or what they're up to.
Unfortunately, we have a few people on this planet who haven't adjusted their attitudes to calm, they're too busy bullying others. It's obvious in the current relationships that some countries have with the USA. Everyone is jockeying for position, trying to be the controlling factor.
Power is an elusive quantity. it comes in many forms, from economic to military to spiritual. Money, might and doing right. All can be corrupted.
At this time, money has been a defining factor for many groups to use to wield power. It's a fluid item, able to be flowed where the most good, from the point of view of those using it, can be done. The most good for their agenda, not necessarily the good of the rest of the community, be it local or worldwide.
Down through the ages, there has been a much more powerful force that money. It's been a factor in shaping the world we now have because it's timeless.
That's the power of the word.
I found that out yesterday when someone tried to pick a fight with me.
He evidently felt that he could threaten to beat me up and I'd just cower and fold.
I told him one thing, to get the point across.
He was surprised, but he backed off and left the property.
It's what we need to tell the people who've manipulated the news, the government and information outlets that they're now using to further agendas for their personal power groups.
We had a flag in this country many years ago. It had a simple motto:
Don't Tread on Me"