Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, stage actor and manager, as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice. Courtesy Wikipedia
Will Shakespeare coined the phrase “Love is blind” and used it in several of his plays, including The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry V and The Merchant of Venice. It can be used in a positive light–love can help overlook the flaw in those we love. But it can also bar us from recognizing serious issues. Such as the fact your “love interest” is a cockaloram and gloryhog with a bow fixation who lives in the forest with a lot of other smelly men has and will continuously use you to further his own ends and then go into a jealous snit whilst playing Peeping Tom.
Alas, she rejected this tall, sexy, smouldering black leather-clad Adonis who would have made her his queen . . .
Clearly, Shakespeare had it right. Love is blind sometimes; and sometimes, it is also deaf and dumb. And lacking in the Good Taste Gene, forsooth!