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“Those who cannot conceive of friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a friend.” – C.S. Lewis
Contemporary media and culture does not seem to understand friendship, which is a tragedy beyond measure. A true friend is worth more than refined platinum. There was the friend who picked me up in another state, the friend who prayed with me after I snapped and lost control of myself, the friend who asked me to be his best man, the friend I talked down from the brink of suicide, the friend I trained and hired for my job, the friend who taught me how to shoot, the friend who I introduced to his future wife. All of these are men I care about and respect – my bros. There are also close friends I have that are ladies whom I am not romantically involved with at all. These are co-workers and old college friends, one of whom is like an adopted younger sister. The idea that having a close friend actually means a desire to screw them is utterly disgusting to me, but society seems to aim that way.