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Someone who wants to hurt you is going to do it independent of if you are polite it not.

True, but someone who just wants to hurt someone is going to pick on whoever stands out.

More to the point, the degree to which any human wants to hurt another depends on their emotional state. Impoliteness tends to destabilize it's recipients' emotional state.

Perhaps. Perhaps they will pick on the meeker instead of the stronger, the darker-skinned instead of the caucasian or the female instead of the male. Not all bullies are alike.

But impoliteness can tip the scale.

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