This weekend I watched The Tale of Despereaux at the theatre. One theme from the story is that the little mouse Despereaux is not afraid like the other mice, even though they are taught so in school:
[Despereaux’s teacher shows a picture.]
Teacher: You didn't cower?
Despereaux: It looks like a sword.
Teacher: It's a carving knife.
Despereaux: It's beautiful!
As the mouse keenly observed, the difference between a carving knife and a sword is only who’s wielding it! None of the other mice ever considered being on the offensive in any situation that included such weaponry.