These days, I cautiously seek out relationships where I can be completely open and honest with people. Admittedly though, it is sometimes a slow progression from acquaintance to someone I would call friend. To me, a friend is someone with whom I can be open about my deepest held beliefs and know at the end of the day that, even if we disagree, we can still be friends tomorrow and support one another in most ways1. And sometimes, I find something out about a person that makes me want to step back and not waste my time.
- In fact, I have one very good friend who is a quite fundamentalist Christian. The fact of the matter is that we can talk about anything, including religion, vehemently disagree, but we remain friends. ↩