Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
You know what stinks in being a responsible human? Having to take responsibility. It is difficult, oh, I get that. People DO NOT want to do it. I don’t always want to. But we gotta. The worst though, is when you have to own up to your part in your own frustrations. When people screw you over and you have to have a long talk with your SELF to determine just how it got this far.
You wanted to believe. And it gets thrown in your face. Nobody made you want to believe, even if they encouraged your delusion with hyperbolic expressions of charity. You, you still are responsible for wanting to believe. No gun to your head. No threats to your person. Just a lack of awareness that blindsides you. Still, we are responsible for both our actions AND expectations even and especially, when we let them override our awareness of how things ARE, as opposed to how we WANT them to be.
People lie right to your face. You cannot stop them. People are gunning for number one, make no mistake. You cannot force them to realize their selfishness. But what you can do, is be aware of the folly. Shake it off knowing that you can change you. Conquer the desire to want, even if it is to trust. Accept them as they are, expect nothing, and be pleasantly surprised when anyone does anything for someone else. Do not doubt that they will, nor should you simply hope. If something good is to be done, do it, and let others follow if they choose.
The Dharma Wheel turns so that nothing sticks to it. Turn, turn, turn.
You cannot stop people from trying to take advantage of you, they will do what it takes to get what they want, but you can stop them by releasing their hold on you. Having nothing they can take even if you are left naked with your integrity alone.