Just as you may be lucky enough to have a good relationship with your mother-in-law, if your relationship heads south, you know that the woman will always side with her son. She may bleed you dry for information and pretend that she likes you, but as a parent, we all know that we will protect our children from everything.
Men will also side with the blokes, heaven forbid that they themselves end up in the same situation.
Or is that really the case? I have found that in this culture, if someone chooses a side, it is because they have something to gain from siding with one person over the other. A parent would never do that, except maybe if children are involved. But friends do.
Politics, as dirty, disgusting and DAMAGING they are when played out by politicians, when it comes to friend and foe, there can be real pain. Strangers don’t hurt your feelings, friends do.
What’s worse is that friends know how to put salt in the wound, whether it is on purpose or through sheer thoughtlessness. There motives are only relevant when you start to let go of the pain. If they can understand how they hurt you and grow from it, then you should love and respect them more.