Bitter: (adj) angry, hurt, or resentful
It is the source of all bitterness.
Discussion is avoided because the mere mention of the event creates such a ferocious response that conversation is impossible.
Maybe there’s a little arrogance tied to it. Perhaps it is this “life in a bubble” experience that we all desire–which is continually burst. Then not only are we offended, but also find ourselves rigidly refusing to consider reconciliation.
- Because “how dare he?”
- Or “how dare she?”
- Or even “how dare they?”
Even though we acknowledge they are just human beings, we still think they should have had the divine insight to be aware that we should not have been challenged.
The Good Book calls bitterness a root.
It is a seed of pride which we plant in the dirt of failure, which sprouts a rage burrowing deep within our soul, disguising its presence.
So we cover up bitter with apathy … and we insist our apathy is just a preference or a decision to move on.