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How many slaps in the face does it take
to compare to a shot at the ego
Pride can be too debilitating
as it rots motivation, manipulations
and false ideas in order to compensate,
yet we fool ourselves as if it is the maintenance
of dignity, as a shot to the ego
can be undignifying
as would the disregard of character
or misjudged intention
Where's the integrity
as we move on with grace
after countless slaps in the face
never striking back
rather walking away
I suppose that's the class of a real man
who has nothing he must prove
and no shots to the ego
will break him