The second part of the Circle of Dignity series is about maintaining the upper hand no matter what happens.
The example given was a story of a Vietnam veteran who was supposed to be paraded through the streets to show the world how well-treated US POWs were treated. Moments before he was supposed to be paraded, he bashed his face so hard against a stool, his face became bloodied so much so that the Vietnamese were no longer able to use him to make a public statement.
Although I sort of get this advice, I would hesitate to attempt such heroics. I mean, if I die, I would not be able to see my kids anymore. What’s personal dignity anyway if you lose your chance to see your family in the end ? Instead, I think it’s better to bend even if you sacrifice your personal dignity in the process.