When someone refuses to speak to you or acknowledge your presence. The worst kind of insult. I'd rather have a bloody fight than get the silent treatment. Never solves arguments, either.

In Japan, if a student misbehaves in class, his fellow students will ignore him and not speak with him as punishment. Discipline is valuable in Japanese culture. Ouch.

This is definitely never the best solution for either party. Punishment for punishment's sake never solves the root of the problem. Only through communication can understanding ever be reached. And a world without understanding has no point.

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