There is a certain admirable candor in individuals who will screw you over and admit that they are doing it.
They stand in contrast to the characters who cook up rationalizations. Consider the second group's creative lines:
- "This was for your own good." Oh, that's why you kept it a secret. You wanted it to be a pleasant surprise.
- "I had to do it." How about the other choice of not doing it?
- "Everybody does it." Everybody doesn't and even if everyone does, so what?
- "If I hadn't done it, someone else would have." Thank God, I wasn't betrayed by a stranger!