'All against all'
At a lady's friends home, who I was once helpful to, I found myself in the middle of an argument between she and her boyfriend. She had been drinking too much and he became justifiably angry but went too far and demeaned her and physically intimidated her right in front of me along with a worker/friend who was also present. He even said to me, 'how can you be her friend when she is like this?' Caught in the middle I said she should apologize for drinking but then added he had no right to demean her dignity so ruthlessly and totally. It is not for one person to undermine another person's right to exist. I added no matter what she had a good heart.
Some banter went back and forth and his anger and hostility was dissipated but still felt.
Wanting to checkmate this exchange, I brought up a 19th or 18th century philosopher, 'Or or Oz' or some brief such name, who succinctly stated 'All is against all.'
I added, let's be honest, we all want to dominate any way we can and terminate all opposition to this dominance. We compete to eliminate. This is our starting point. We can stay there or rise above it and become civilized.
His rage had become handcuffed and he faced a moral choice, not a predetermined fate.