Women are the devil.
One never knows what they mean or think or feel. Unless a man is remarkably self centered and foolish (ah lucky idiots !) it is impossible for him to be certain about where he stands with a woman, especially if the woman is one who knows that he likes her. The very fact that he has told her or indicated with a degree of certainty and candour that he likes her puts him in a weak and disadvatageous position. Women simply dont have the same conception of things like honesty, transparency, selflessness etc that men do nor do they set any store by them. This is why they cannot know how much a man's word means to him and can only pretend-if they think it worth the effort-that they value it and respect him.
I find it abhorrent to think that the only thing that might make a woman not take a man for granted is her dependence on him since dependence almost entirely precludes affection, but I can see no way out. There is nothing 'pure' about a woman's affection. It is a remarkably practical 'emotion' dependent on factors superficial. And when the causes are even more cheap and superficial than usual, and the girl goes off with some absolute rotter and ruins her life, it is given as an example of the passionate and irrational love that women are capable of.
One cant keep away from them, but association with them complicates life to no end. Things dont remain like they were once a woman comes onto the scene, however 'good' she is supposed to be. Women give happiness of a remarkably wholesome and complete kind when the illusions of truth and genuine feeling they create are convincing, and feelings of infinite foolishness, regret and bitterness at the unfairness and ingratitude of it all when one finds out (as is inevitable, and the sooner the better) that they were illusions and thats all they were- again. But, if a woman is direct and candid, all men know that that means she thinks the man is not even worth the regular cheap act she generally puts up (like all the rest of 'em) and that really hurts the male pride. Its a lose-lose-lose situation for the man.
Women, I repeat, are the devil.