Betrayal and Treachery

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By Evangeline Murillo

Tea For Two

Thursday, March 27, 2014


WHO has not felt the overpowering pain, from the relentless scourging of the human flesh, the continuous ravage and plunder of the human spirit, and the unending rupture of a mental state that is pressed forward to confusion, then back to normalcy and then again to further shock and then to a lingering state of hopelessness and helplessness?

Only those who have never been betrayed or cheated upon.

Many people believe that betrayal is the worst crime in the world even if the personal and private practice of this is unpunishable by law.

More people believe that the pain and hurt caused by betrayal is the worst in man's unfolding history. And, to be betrayed by a person one fully trusts and relies on and even deeply loves, is the lowest and basest of personal crimes. Betrayal of a loved one is treachery, the most painful state a human being can experience. Many people have never recovered from the hurt and the damage caused by betrayal or being cheated upon. Many have gone into the silence of their minds never to face humanity again. Others have lost what is the last bastion of sanity and have chosen to embrace depression and a world where no cares can touch them.

In our city are people who roam the streets without care and without anyone to care for them. They are the hoboes, who scavenge the garbage bins for anything they fancy or can perhaps use. Most of these humans are not in their right faculties and several of them are the products of treachery. One pretty lady comes from a good and well off family but her story is one sad example of treachery. She was to be married in the Cathedral many decades ago, but the groom never arrived, amidst the beautiful church decor, the beautiful flowers, gowns and the guests that came to wish them well. Today, despite her money and properties, she remains oblivious to reality, walking around harmlessly in various attires, usually with a rosary around her neck or wrist. People have forgotten her, but she has not forgotten her experience. It's the one basic idea that keeps playing in her fragile mind. How long does it take before the pains and the hurt of betrayal fade away? Emotional treachery is so different and difficult to heal. It takes years for many, for some, its better but the former is the more common direction it takes. There are many human products of this hateful crime called betrayal and treachery. They continue to live but with resentment and sadness, others, with anger in their hearts, and still others, continue to live on, believing that a good life will come again.

Treachery comes in many faces and it is not only in love that this is committed. Friends back stab, relatives steal from one another, others say lies about the persons who love them most and gossip is a form of betrayal too. Others twist the words of their best friends changing the meaning of intentions, and of course, the worst is when a loved one falls prey to the attraction of another and starts to hide, to lie and to deny endlessly, unaware that denials are the hardest stones that can hit the heart of a loved one.

This season that began with Ash Wednesday, and ends on Holy Saturday gives us a reminder of the world's most notorious treachery, the one that Judas committed. So any traitor is commonly called "Judas Iscariot." The worst symbol of his betrayal was the kiss he planted on Jesus' cheek as he sold his victim for the evil silver pieces. The Holy book is full of stories about betrayal, the unfathomable harm it causes and the contempt fully deserved by such cruel and wicked people. To those who have been betrayed, take heart. The bible says, "If a man pays evil for good, evil will never leave his house." Proverbs 17:13.

It seems that Someone up there always sees to it that the traitor is punished and this is true throughout the history of mankind. Let's learn this lesson well, Baguio and live or love again. (evangelinesmurillo@gmail.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 28, 2014.

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