By Marjorie Young
‘Love is blind’…‘There are none so blind as those who will not see’…‘When you fall in love…smoke gets in your eyes.’ These oft-repeated phrases have moved into the realm of cliché. Yet, how maddeningly, even bewilderingly true they are.
The question looms…why do so many remain steadfastly oblivious to very obvious pitfalls? Romantic love is not always the cause, but if it is present, it undoubtedly complicates the situation. But what creates an unwillingness to examine facts, draw rational conclusions, and thereby save ourselves a world of trouble?
One painful instance involves a woman who was brutally assaulted as a college student. She blames herself for not following her instincts to avoid this person. Yet now, years later, she has chosen to date a man with a prison record for the very same type of crime…while finding excuse after excuse for his behavior.