I think physical assault hurts more than moral affront because in moral open insult you will be hurt only emotionally but physical assault hurts physically as well as emotionally leaving your thinking why this happened to me.
I beg to differ from my Friend Soni. A lot of emotional wounds never heal. There are people who are emotionally scarred for life unless they get real professional help. The Physical hurts but heals fast.
I agree with Lady_E. Physical assault heals but moral/emotional injuries seldom disappear form our lives. Moreso, moral assault is internal and difficult for people to understand as its not as apparent as physical assault.
The mind is very powerful. Assaults on the mind are the most debilitating and destructive.
Moral affronts have caustic abilities to infect whole communities and groups of people and cause great evil.
It's funny I'm considering the Tea-Partiers right now and I'm picturing the "Racists-Socialists" doctrine they are currently peddling. I'm seeing in my minds eye this product I saw to kill roaches.
Basically you sprinkle this powder on a couple of roaches or something and basically they take this stuff back to the nest and it's supposed to kill many more roaches.
I'm not purposely calling Tea-Partiers roaches or anything but I'm not sorry that the analogy is taking the path it's taking; I digress. My point is that moral affronts can poison people and can be imported to larger groups of people thereby infecting them.