It’s often said that the cruelest thing you can do to another person is “kick them when they’re down.”
I would posit that this was declared by someone utterly unused to being down.
Rather–if you consider it for a bit–it becomes clear that while in “crisis mode,” a person is fairly well-equipped (even if not particularly willing) to take on more adversity in the mix.
No, the cruelest thing you can do to another person is kick them when they’re on their way back up. It shatters any sense of relief they may have been enjoying. It bypasses whatever level of “down” they were previously at and puts them back at square one… except now, square one is more like square -83.
What revisions to common sayings would you suggest? Please discuss, while I find some cream to put on this rash.