(Title is from a quote by Walter Scott)
What is it about some of us that makes it so easy to discount the basic human tendency to look out for one another??? I’ll just add the disclaimer that I have not, repeat, have not lost faith in humanity. You may have noticed I’ve been gone for a minute; I’m exploring. What follows are some observations I’m sorting out.
I’m not even talking about when we pretend we don’t see the homeless person asking for change or when we cut someone off because we just have to get where we’re going one second earlier. I’m talking about how easy it is for us to switch off our humanity (Vampire Diaries anyone?) and completely ignore or not care about how our behaviour will affect someone we care about – I guess that’s open to interpretation. Or at the very least someone we know cares about us and would rather throw themselves on a sword before seeing us get hurt.
What makes us cheat?
Is it lust? Boredom? Loneliness? Is it our inability to control ourselves, to keep our desires under wraps? I’ve been cheated on before. Or I should say I’ve been cheated on and found out about it before in a blaze of anger, ferocity and inexplicable pain while on day two of a ten-day vacation with my partner. I can tell you that the most unbearable part for me was the feeling stupid part. Because no one makes JJ feel stupid. Because she isn’t stupid, not in the least and all I wanted to do was burn everything to the ground.
I’ve also been in a relationship that I knew was over. Stayed far past the time I should in a situation that lacked passion and sex among other things. I’m a very sexual person, so to be without carnal intimacy essentially had me not myself. As hard as that was, I didn’t cheat. Why? Well why would I? What is wrong with you to make you actually ask me that question? It wasn’t a fear of getting caught. I wouldn’t do it even if I knew I would never get caught. That’s not the point. I have an innate desire to not hurt people. Don’t you??? But seriously, I want to know, if you believe in your heart (or your lower regions) that cheating is okay, tell me why.
I’ve also, on more than one occasion (far too often really), unknowingly been made an accessory to a cheater. Now this is some fucked up shit. I’m wondering if the fact that I don’t want to be in a relationship automatically brands me as side chick… Naw man. I want to be free; but that means you should be too. Polyamory is one thing – however I assume in this case all parties are aware of the stakes. What’s the most fucked up is not even making me an unknowing participant to the affair. I can accept the bigger picture here; I’m nothing but a blip on this timeline. What’s really fucked up is how one is able to do this to their partner. Regardless of if the relationship is going well or not, there are expectations. However unique the nuances of those expectations, I’m certain fidelity is a hard limit. If you’re not into it, GET. THE. FUCK. OUT.
I don’t even need to get into karma.
We know all about it and clearly some of us do not accept its existence. I’m really curious as to what is wrong with us as people. Not in a why-don’t-we-do-more-about-those-starving-on-the-other-side-of-the-world kind of way. I’m talking about how we can so easily ignore what our behaviour does to the person sharing our bed, lives and by all outward appearances, our future?