Fleshing out Ideas

To finish, you have to start. Today’s post isn’t a finished story, but questions that have been taking space in my thoughts for a while.

Why do women stay in relationships with men who carry out evil?

Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress, for example. And Osama bin Laden’s fifth wife, Amal al-Sadah.

What was their motivation? Or is it arrogant or naïve of me to ask such a question?

I would like to know more, and even write, about these women. Yes, my Western perspective would muddy the telling – even the asking.

Still, I wonder: Was the driving motivation fear? Or provision? Could it have been admiration? Love even?

Were they aware of the evil? Or did their ideological viewpoints see these men as heroes?

Strange, scary, and seemingly weird to think about.

Do you know someone who has willingly stayed with a man who carried out evil? Or have you been that woman? Why?


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