Honesty is the best policy. ~ English Anglican bishop Edwin Sandys
Combat between contestants for territory or mating rights is seldom fatal, and frequently not even physical. Ritualized threat displays commonly settle a matter.
When dominance determination does get physical, it is often brief and without severe injury. In sparing substantial wear and tear, such assessments are biological efficiencies.
To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence. Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting. ~ Chinese military general, strategist, and philosopher Sun Tzu in The Art of War (6th century BCE)