Let’s treat each other well

Let’s treat each other well

Feb 7, 2024, 1:41 AM
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It takes an immense amount of courage for anyone, particularly a woman, to resort to lethal force, especially against her husband. Such drastic actions typically stem from a sense of desperation, where one feels cornered with no alternative but to defend oneself.

This poignant incident unfolded in Lipa City, Batangas, a mere two weeks past into the new year. Amidst a heated argument, a wife, facing an inebriated husband wielding a knife, acted in self-defense by pushing him, causing him to tumble down the stairs.

Seizing the opportunity to protect herself, the wife, with her arm bleeding from a cut sustained during the altercation, retrieved the knife. Tragically, in the throes of the moment, she fatally stabbed her husband in the neck.

This unfortunate event brings to mind an age-old adage, rooted in biblical wisdom: "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Originating from William Congreve's 17th-century play "The Mourning Bride" (1697), the line states, "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

The proverb underscores the potent and vengeful anger a woman may experience when wronged or mistreated in a romantic relationship. It suggests that the emotional intensity of a scorned woman can be comparable to the wrath of hell, highlighting the strength and passion of her negative emotions.

It is crucial to understand that this saying does not seek to stereotype or generalize all women but rather conveys that individuals, irrespective of gender, can react strongly when they feel wronged in matters of the heart.

This phrase has endured in popular culture and literature, serving to underscore the potentially intense consequences of betraying or hurting someone in a romantic relationship, particularly from a woman's perspective.

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