What is the ultimate betrayal?
I feel exposing what's been said in confidence is probably on the top of my list. What about the rest of you?
I can definitely agree with you there, breaking confidence is a huge no no! For me, that would be put under the huge umbrella of trust. Not being able to trust someone is a horrible thing. For me, my aunt has broken trust by going behind my back, when my sister was visiting her and trying to talk her out of the prescribed school plans that me and my deceased mother and baby sister decided before my Mom died this year. She and my other aunt went behind my back and discussed my sister and thought they were making decisions. To say the least, I am hurt and betrayed and will not trust them as far as I can throw them. I will be civil towards them, but that one aunt has consistly shown herself to be untrustworthy and to me (as well as my Mom) loyalty, trust, and honesty are a must. So, breaking trust is for me.
The word betrayal automatically makes one of at least two parties injured and victimized. So I never really thought of it other than just a word they use in films or books to describe such...
It was also used in the Bible when Judas kissed Jesus to give him away...yet, that is man's interpretation of an event...
When someone does something that hurt another, it is himself or herself that he betrays.....
It is only my opinion..
I agree with badegg, except for when a spouse and your (suposed) best friend are having a long term affair and laffing behind your back the whole time.
This would be THE Ultimate betrayal.
This didn't happen to me but I did have some friends that it did happen to. And no I wasn't the friend laffing up my sleive.
There is one kind of betrayal and another that covers every aspect of your being and takes your breath away too. No matter how bad you think your situation is; it can always get worse.
i have had this happen to me. i also experienced my answer as well. for me, having gone through both examples i would have to say this comes a very very close second, or at least a tie. they are both devastating
Sometimes from the prospective of others??? I guess I have been on both sides of that river whether I knew it at the time or not. ... Well, ... not really but kinda? Lord forgive me Cause ... I probably didn't know what I was doin.
trusting someone with your life and security only to have them take advantage of your vulnerability for their own gain. The kind of trust that a child has towards their parent/sibling/bff.
i.e. a child trusts their parent/guardian/sibling to always be there for them, take care of them, nurture them, keep them safe...only to have that person harm them in the most degrading way.
for me that is the ultimate betrayal
Lying to yourself is the ultimate betrayal. Anything others do you can use your judgement and choose to believe them or not. Putting yourself down, disbelieving in your own intelligence and abilities is a far bigger betrayal than anyone else could ever do.
In my mind the ultimate betrayal is an action to hurt somebody who trusts you or not being loyal or faithful to you in any of the relationships like spouse, friend etc. . It can be linked to betraying his nation by somebody for giving state secrets to an enemy after a long process. .
All of these are certainly serious and hurtful. But ultimate? As long as I am still alive, I can recover and forgive. So I would have to say that if a close friend of mine went postal, killed me and those I loved, and himself (or herself) as well, that would be closer to ultimate (for one person).
Governments and organizations can betray, too: Taking taxpayer money and using it to kill hundreds of thousands of people for no reason is really high on my list. Turning a democracy into a dictatorship, especially one like Nazi Germany or Stalin's Soviet Union would be pretty high, too.
Having your child taken away by some one who says they "care" for him, but really is selfish. Landscapeartist, this goes along with what you commented.
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