It’s never the enemy without who brings you down. it’s always the enemy within. – nick guard your back, nick. it’s the one you don’t see coming. the one you trust whose betrayal is most lethal. they know your weakness and they know how to hit the lowest. it’s when your back is turned and your guard is down that they move in for the kill. – kyrian
Then no rightful cause was left, and the pain of anger was turning into the shameful pain of submission. He had no right to condemn anyone - he thought - to denounce anything, to fight and die joyously, claiming the sanctity of virtue. The broken promises, the unconfessed desires, the betrayal, the deceit, the lies, the fraud - he was guilty of them all. What form of corruption could he scorn? Degrees do not matter, he thought; one does not bargain about inches of evil.
To me, when someone wrongs you, you both share the burden of that wrongdoing - the pain of it weighs on both of you. forgiveness, then, means choosing to bear the full weight all by yourself. caleb's betrayal is something we both carry, and since he did it, all i've wanted is for him to take its weight away from me. i am not sure that i'm capable of shouldering it all myself - not sure that i am strong enough, or good enough.
Towards the end of your life you have something like a pain schedule to fill out - a long schedule like a federal document, only it's your pain schedule. endless categories. first, physical causes - like arthritis, gallstones, menstrual cramps. new category, injured vanity, betrayal, swindle, injustice. but the hardest items of all have to do with love. the question then is: so why does everybody persist? if love cuts them up so much.
Believe me, i know and i almost made the same mistake you did. evil is seductive. it’s what makes the two of them so dangerous. (jericho) no. it’s our willingness to believe their lies and to see what we want to see that makes it so dangerous. even when we know better, we lie to ourselves and that’s where the true betrayal is. (jared)
You can't build a plot out of jokes. you need tragic relief. and you need to let people know that when a lot of frightened people are running around with edged weaponry, there are deaths. stupid deaths, usually. i'm not writing 'the a-team' - if there's a fight going on, people will get hurt. not letting this happen would be a betrayal.