It's tempting to be hard in a harsh world.
To get even. To be too tough to back down in arguments. To always be right, never admit defeat, and oft hide our weaknesses. Modern culture hails arrogance and self-importance, and it looks down on patience and humility.
Yet there is still space for being soft. Softness, despite what most people think, isn't weakness. It's power wielded with wisdom. It's strength tamed by temperance.