Sometimes, We Just Want to Punch Someone

Daniel Fincher
3 min readJan 22, 2021

It’s not about answers at all…

Photo by Serena Repice Lentini on Unsplash

“Violence is not the answer.”

Maybe I’m outing myself as being the weirdo here, but sometimes there is that urge to reach out and pop someone. I don’t necessarily mean knock their teeth out…but sometimes the ignorance that spills out from someone does compel me to visualize behavior very much like what these deep-sea creatures have little refrain from indulging in.

According to research published in Ecology, the normally reclusive octopuses will occasionally join in with the “hunting parties” of larger fish, like grouper. While studying this social exchange and observing the relationships between the marine life involved, Dr. Eduardo Sampio and his colleagues gathered video evidence of the octopuses lashing out and punching the large fish — apparently for no reason at all!

But let’s be real — there’s always a reason. If you just can’t fathom what it might be, it’s probably just you. I know everyone comes here to Medium to read uplifting and inspirational morsels, but I’m the type that thinks someone ought to tell you. At least that way you’ve got a chance to do better.

Octopus & Fish

I like to take a lesson from everything that I give my time to. That way, nothing I do is ever a waste of time. even something like watching videos of various octopus go Kimbo Slice on innocent fish that are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

What’s the lesson here?

Most days in life, you’re just a fish, swimming around and minding your own business. But you better believe there’s an octopus running around in your squad, though, and one day, it might be you swimming along when suddenly you get popped.

When it happens, you’re going to think to yourself, “What was that for? I wasn’t doing anything to that fool!”

But still, there’s a reason. Maybe you didn’t pull your weight during the hunt. Maybe you cut your eyes at the wrong octopus as you…

Daniel Fincher

Freelance Writer, Storyteller, and Poet — Founder of Artistic Autism and Five-Minute Fiction