It is a show of respect to avoid hitting whenever possible, a demonstration of responsibility to recognize when hitting is unavoidably your duty, and it takes toughness to place oneself in the position of physical violence.
In modern western society we have become soft. Men and boys are predominately raised under the falsehood that “violence is never the answer”. So few modern western men take on their responsibility as a protector and most have become defenseless in the face of violence brought upon them. The avoidance of this responsibility creates an extremely dangerous reality in which people align themselves as victims or potential victims.
In order for a man to properly defend himself, his family and his slice of liberty in this world, he must have a respect and understanding of violence. Otherwise his liberty is at stake and when jeopardized he must rely on the government to provide violence on his behalf. People often lie to themselves about what law enforcement is. Their is a failure to connect the truth of how laws are enforced. The hard truth, which many people experience cognitive dissonance when confronted with is the government provides law enforcement backed by violence. Police carry firearms, batons, and various conducted electrical weapons as their tools of violence, because all laws are backed by the promise of violence if not adhered to. There is a terrific quote by Jack Donovan about violence,
When violence is necessary, waiting on the government to respond will seem like an eternity. When violence is being inflicted upon you or your family, every second could be absolutely devastating. That is not meant as disrespectful towards law enforcement, they understand and study violence like others do not, however, they can not be everywhere at once. And they are spread thin across a jurisdiction. They shouldn’t be expected to be the answer to immediate violence. The correct immediate response as clear as I can see it is that every man should respect violence. Every man should know when it is his responsibility to use violence. Every man should have the toughness to deliver violence appropriately.