[Excerpt from TT: 2008-09-14]
[Question] I can see how anger can be useful (to show you when your boundaries have been breached), but Cruelty would seem to have no use. Why does it exist, and where does it come from?
[Michael Entity] In the same way that Anger is a defense, so is what you might consider to be Cruelty. However, it is important to note that “Cruelty” is often a relative experience. “Cruelty” is often not an intentional by-product of someone’s action or choices, but a fragment who is disappointed might assign the label of “cruelty” to the event. For instance, when one fragment can legitimately sense the necessity of a separation within a relationship, but the other fragment is deeply attached and terrified of solitude, the choice of the fragment to move on can be interpreted as “cruel,” when, indeed, it was one of the most loving choices the other fragment might have experienced to-date.