‘The Prison of Betrayers’ includes many people whose lives have been shaped by various events. In Dante Alighieri’s ‘Inferno’, Treachery is the worst sin in the 9th circle of hell because it tricks others into sin when they think they are actually doing good. In everyday life, there are those who are guilty of treachery against others they had close relationships with. Treachery is deliberate and calculated and clearly an act of betrayal. People can fall victim to many horrible situations such as deception and deceit, bullying and betrayal, shock and suffering, depression and devaluation, character assassination and abuse, destructive criticism and humiliation, suicidal thoughts, and social anxiety to name but a few.
The Treacherous Betrayer stands out above them all, also known as The Master Manipulator. The worst type of person is the one in the background, controlling the narrative, all the while maintaining that air of innocence and respectability. The so-called candid friend. Fear is one of those things that drives us in life. Some people can harness it and focus it and turn it into something positive. Others’ lives are controlled by it because they have been conditioned that way from childhood. Fear of the unknown, fear of loneliness, fear of rejection, fear of lies, and of course, fear of the truth coming out. But as the old saying goes, the truth will always out, and even then some people choose not to believe it. This is where the mastery of manipulation leads to Treachery.
Dante’s Inferno can serve as a metaphor for some of the people we deal with in life. Toxic people who can be good at keeping the focus off themselves while they damage the reputation of others, such as the Master Manipulator committing the ultimate sin of selfishness. The Treacherous have lied, cheated, and stolen people’s credibility without feeling any vestige of shame. They have no honour, no empathy, no compassion, no humility, and no reflection! They think they are the center of everyone’s world and will stop at nothing to gain personal benefit. The lowest circle of hell in Inferno is reserved for the worst sinner, who in Dante’s view is the traitor and backstabber, those who use their position, trust, and friendship to carry out their crimes. Everyone knows a master manipulator. A person who was spoiled in their youth by loving parents, but who learned jealousy at a young age. They tend to make promises which they never keep. Broken promises and deception became everyday behaviour for them.
This particular Treacherous Betrayer would try to portray herself as a confidant and then she would humiliate others by revealing details of their private lives which eroded all forms of trust. No matter how much her drunken father and alcoholic brother would verbally insult their mother, she would never call them out on it. She would always stand up for both of them and treat their mother like she was overreacting for being upset at their degrading behaviour. She was manipulating people from a young age. Taking mental notes on people’s weaknesses and using them to her advantage. She was sly, cold, and calculating. She never said or done a thing in her life without looking closely to see if it would be to her advantage. She used people for her own ends, family, friends, and neighbours. She never once stopped and thought about the damage her actions could cause.
She became hated by the local community for her deceit, for the way she gossiped about others, and for the way she spread rumours about people. She became imperious, thinking she was better than everyone. She was known to some as the talk of the town. She married a businessman who worked locally and told everyone a story of how he had pursued her and whisked her off her feet when in reality, she had seen him in a local bar and proceeded to find out all about him. She then rang his office a week later and asked him out on a date. She then pursued him as he was her meal ticket out of a desperate situation she found herself in at that point in her life. She had a young daughter from a previous relationship that had broken down due to her, and she found herself living in a small flat in a run-down area. So she put her plan into action, got married, and moved from the small market town she lived in, to California where apparently he had a very good career and she became a lady of leisure..
These actions of hers are small potatoes compared to other troubles she has brought on people. She definitely deserves a place in the 9th circle of hell that Dante called Treachery. So many have never known anyone that can do treachery like she can. Even at a recent funeral, every word from her mouth was laced with insult, innuendo, and pure nastiness, with no care for the mourners of the dead.
On one occasion, someone foolishly trusted her to mention that he had been sexually abused by two men when he was only 7 years old. Her exact response was “well why did you let them do that to you?” Another example of her cold insensitivity. No genuine concern, no empathy, no nothing. She made that person feel like it was his fault that the abuse happened. You can only imagine what effect that had on the guy. He happened to mention this to a psychiatrist who he was seeing and she was shocked beyond belief. She said she wouldn’t wish that reaction on anyone who had experienced such trauma in their childhood. It was considered another betrayal of the trust that had been placed in her. She even told others that it was made up and never happened. Shocking even for someone like her.
This master manipulators’ behaviour was an emotionally unhealthy psychological strategy used by her repeatedly. She tried to control everyone’s narrative, gaslighting people and spreading lies about others, even to her own mum who had dementia in the last few years of her life which was seen by many as unforgivable to confuse an elderly lady like that. She got what she wanted through deception. She created lies and illusions which she used to confuse and control her parents. This Treacherous Betrayer would never admit her mistakes. She will continue to lie and distort facts and change events to suit her own agenda. A lot of people’s lives are grounded on the basis of love being the ‘mystical goal of a noble life’, but treachery and betrayal are an insult to any decent human beings’ core values. What act expresses better the desire to live only for oneself than the explicit and extreme rejection of the closest relationships of humility and humanity? Take away the ideas of family, friendship, honesty, and loyalty, and no human relationship is left, only this woman enduring herself forever. Not only is she the Treacherous Betrayer, Shes The Talk of the Town.