“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”  Suzanne Collins

If a relationship is built on a foundation of lies, it will collapse eventually.

Trust can help build great organizations and families, and takes time.  But if all that time is based upon falsehood, the flaw in the system can be catastrophic and will cascade when discovered, crashing everything.

And that is why betrayal hurts so badly, it literally makes us second guess everything because our worldview is suddenly shattered discovering that someone close was manipulating and harming us.  The cheater, the enemy in the house, is the most dangerous of all.