Though we may have more resources than anyone attacking us we may not have the determination that smaller or more aggressive opponent does. We may have done something not entirely nice or appropriate that triggered the response we have decided to retreat from such as infringing upon territory, taking something without permission, or assaulting a member of this community unnecessarily. Feelings of guilt, regret, or pity could prompt us to retreat and not react to pursuit or an attack upon us. But compassion may result in retreat from and unprovoked attack as will pragmatism. If we have been confronted, pursued, or attacked by someone smaller, less agile, or with less mental acuity or if we’ve been attacked by someone mistaken or confused about who has harmed whom, leaving them alone or retreating from the conflict may well be the wiser course to follow. It doesn’t hurt us to retreat even though we may feel as if we look cowardly or weak by doing so, that is a problem we have with our own self-esteem and shouldn’t enter into our decisions regarding conflict. Strategic retreat puts one in a position of power from your point of view and that of the attacker: you gain insight into the mind of your opponent and your opponent learns respect for your judgement. Don’t you think ‘discretion is the better part of valor’ is a valuable strategy to consider when under attack?