I think most of us follow a utilitarian approach. We put all the pros and cons on the scale and if a course of action has more pros than cons then we follow it. Fear may have something to do with it, but most of the time it's a strictly pragmatic thing. For example, take your recent feud with Cathay: most people would see the futility of the situation, file the complain, move to coach and later, if they can prove that they were right, get an upgrade for a future flight or some other concession from the airline. Some people are more interested in seeng their kids after a long trip than risking being retained or stranded indefinitely in a foreign place, orveven go to jail just to make a point. It's one of those low upside huge downside things that you talk about in your book. Strictly utilitarian: more cons than pros, so no go. I also believe in picking battles: for example, coming back to your particular situation, you have a big thing going on with the publishing company, and now this. How many dragons can you realistically fight at the same time?
OK, enough with the unsolicited advice. Take care dude, and keep putting out great stuff. The strategic tips and actionable advice in your blog and book are gold and have already made a big difference in my productivity and focus, as I'm sure they've done for many others.