Dear Portlanders of good will — You don’t need to weigh in on every battle. Often, you just make matters worse.

On Aug. 22, the Proud Boys and Antifa rumbled in a Northeast Portland parking lot. It was a dumb fight for dumb reasons, but knuckleheads are going to be knuckleheads. Better to ignore it, despite our blessed dedication to nonviolence.

The Portland Police Bureau’s idea was sound: Let these two extremist groups have their scrimmage with broom handles and bear spray, stepping in only if the public is at risk.

The problem was that some overly righteous Portlanders, including the media, felt the need to be on the scene, holding signs, making statements and offering breathless coverage in the manner of real war correspondents. These overly -attentive folks are a civic version of helicopter parents, and by them a squabble of goofballs became worldwide news.

As usual, the storyline lacked context and constituted a kind of dishonesty about Portland. Relatives from across the country are sending helmets and flak jackets. We grow weary.

I grew up with three brothers. Fisticuffs naturally ensued. Often, my wise and loving parents would let the scuffles proceed so we would blow off steam and shake hands later, as human beings do. I am sure mom kept one eye open to make sure no blood was drawn, but otherwise she kept her distance.

Some things need to be snuffed by being ignored. The overwrought news reports and social media posts from attention-hungry onlookers on Aug. 22 will only make the fights bigger and more dangerous. Those who wring their hands over it allsuch matters lack experience ofhave not reflected sufficiently on human nature.

There is no civil war starting in Portland. Despite what extremists say, we are largely a city of moderates with pretty good sense. Now we just need the prudence to know when to speak up and when to look the other way.