I know people who treat people badly. Doing so makes them feel powerful, even if it only for that moment in time.
I know people who find pleasure in watching others squirm and flush or worse yet let go of their temper and let it fly or as a southerner will say - lose their religion - in response to their treatment. I believe they consider it loving.
I know people whose relationships are built on the idea of conquering, controlling and defeat. They live a war like existance where survival and being King/Queen of the hill is most important. Oh, they have friends and lovers and more often than not committed partners but what they lack is the intimacy true vulnverability and trust brings.
I know people who watch others slip and fall and reach out to their loved ones for support while they, those watching, still can't figure out how not to bite the hands extended to them. Instead of stopping themselves from attacking those who would help they lean against glass walls erected around their vulnerability.
I know people whose history of meanness and emotional or verbal abuse of those that dared to befriend or even love them force them to survive on half smile "hellos" and "good days" and greeting sent from safe distances.
I know people that are really lonely and sad because they behave this way and have no idea how not to.
Do you know people?