Frederick Lowe’s lyrics to this tune from the Broadway musical Camelot tell us a lot about why we stay in a fight, or start a fight, or join in a fight: it’s fun. Being in fight mode makes us feel alive. The Knights who croon the tune lament that since King Arthur brought peace to the land they’ve become bored out of their minds. They want to “burn a little town or slay a dozen men / anything to laugh again!”
Are we so different, really? When we’ve built a lifestyle on a steady diet of drama and discord – so much so that we think strife is normal – we really aren’t interested in resolving our conflicts. Not when we’re having so much fun – right?