Defense is much more palatable than offense

Every belligerent will always frame themselves as a defender, usually of something lofty. Even the Bolsheviks claimed to defend the Soviet against counterrevolutionary forces.

In martial arts, self-defense is emphasized over offense.

All countries have departments of defense, not departments of offense. Even the evil ones.

How is it that defense is so much more palatable than offense?

Last edited on Jul 2023