A Brief Commentary by Executive Producer Ricky Ray**
“Only your friends can betray you.
Your enemies can’t.
They can only attack you.
Attacks can be prepared for.
Treachery is so dangerous in that it strikes at your absolute weakness while you’re completely unprepared.
Your friends are your weakness. Choose wisely.”
It keeps your enemies close in political statecraft, and beware friends and especially family who can and will betray You for countless reasons motivated by their envy, fear, insecurities… and gain.
History is fraught with tales of treason and empires taken not by enemies but from within family intrigues.
The Renaissance in Italy was a prime example like Rome and Greece.
The creator of multinational empires, Nebuchadnezzar II, kept his governor kings in his courts close, under watch as well as to use and manipulate to his ends if need be.
What a way to see who the sycophants are, and what they’ll do for a favor, eh?
And family… he kept wisely distant under watch having seen what they would do when Assyrians king Sennacherib was killed by his own sons after his 185,000 strong armies were supernaturally destroyed by one angelic being at night.
History is full of examples of family and friends Treachery from within.
The Caesar line prime example…
A bitter enemy can become a staunch ally.
Your success can strike family and friends with envy to betray you, for sick schadenfreude satisfying feelings at your demise, to feel better about their shitty selves.
I know this personally from my own blood family who are kept distant for that reason.
**My note MJS:Not only did Gwyneth Paltrow take the “Shakespeare in Love” script from Winona Ryder’s house, she won an Oscar for her performance in the film!