I wanted to get some feedback regarding the old saying “Blood is thicker than water”. I know what it means, but I don’t necessarily agree with it 100% all the time.
For example, last year the (adult) son of a relative in another state got himself into some very, VERY serious trouble. I feel badly for his parents, but the fact that he is related to me does not excuse what he did. My feeling is that he knew what he was doing was wrong/illegal, and he is going to have to face the consequences of his behavior and pay the price (which is going to be quite steep and will affect the rest of his life). This also is not the first time he has been in trouble. Some have said family is family, people make mistakes, and a person must always stick by their family, and family will always be there for you so you should always be there for them.
OTOH, A few weeks ago a cousin visited me and we went out and had a nice dinner. I enjoy her company tremendously, and we hadn’t seen each other in quite a while. During a discussion, I said “I don’t necessarily believe that blood is always thicker than water. She said “Oh, neither do I.”
Well, that’s not true. Mentally I replayed many scenarios I’m aware of when she defended members of her immediate family when they were clearly wrong. She made excuses, justified their behavior, and even twisted what had actually happened. But – that was a long time ago. So, I said nothing, and bean-dipped. I didn’t want to argue, and we continued to enjoy the evening.
So, what is your opinion………is blood thicker than water?