Belligerent: (adj) hostile and aggressive.
I began my journey to becoming a better human being the day I realized that nothing can really offend me unless I privately fear that it’s true.
In other words, you can accuse me of all sorts of evil, but if I have no awareness of such iniquity dwelling in my heart, being belligerent is unnecessary.
I become angry and hostile when other folks stumble upon my insecurities and speak them aloud, making me feel that I must attack them to protect my own delusion.
So for years, I was very upset if someone called me fat. It wasn’t because I was skinny, it was because every time I looked in the mirror I saw a fat man–yet felt that it was nobody’s damn business to confirm the obvious.
On the other hand, you can tell me all day long that I’m not the best piano player in the world, and I will not only nod my head in agreement, but also explain inadequacies of which you may not have been aware.
The presence of belligerence is the absence of confidence.
For when we are satisfied that all is well with our soul, it is very difficult for other people to interrupt our well-being.