There’s some study somewhere about rats in confined spaces, food hoarding and biting each other’s heads off after a while. Of course it’s rats not people, but a good relateable story that fits sometimes.
I can tolerate a lot. It’s a thing I learned mostly as a kid. But then, there’s that line and I don’t like when that line is crossed because I’m like the Incredible Hulk or Popeye at that point. [two childhood heroes]
Whole countries can behave like people as well.
A good metaphor for countries can be bully and victim behaviors.
For example, somebody who considers themselves a victim will sometimes strike back at the bully for their behavior.
But then a victim who starts to get a sense of power and gathers others suddenly goes on the offensive and BECOMES a bully, and the bully becomes the victim.
Of course real life isn’t as black and white as that, but it’s a useful analogy when applied properly.