How sad that one of the greatest men in his field was brought low by provoking words. When Zidane was red-carded for his physical retaliation to Marco Materazzi’s words (whatever they were), it was the clearest public example there can ever be as to how vital it is to not let anyone else provoke you. Zidane’s World Cup swan-song probably has turned into his greatest shame. I am so sad for him, as are his still-supportive fans.
But what a powerful lesson to us all, to not let psychological warfare get to you. The hardest thing in the world is not to defend oneself–its to control oneself.