Blood and water

Today’s proverb is of German origin but is also used in the English language:  “Blood is thicker than water”.  The proverb is used to express the

I opted against a gory mixture of blood and water and for this scientific drawing, pic: library.thinkquest.org

notion that the bonds between family members and relatives in generally are tighter then the bonds between unrelated people and in a pinch trump those.

Whether one agrees with this statement or not is a different question.  Looked at it from the perspective of evolution it certainly makes sense as your relatives carry some of the same genes you do.  The remoter the relatives the fewer genes one shares and at some point one probably crosses from “blood” to “water”.

Its one of those proverb that dates back to medieval times and has a long and colorful history – let’s not worry about it now.

An example:  “You are my friend but if it comes down to supporting you or my brother, I’ll support him – blood is thicker than water.”

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