Friends

Everyone should have at least one friend,

and actual friend,

who will shake their head and say “No!”

“No, I don’t agree with that.”

“No, I don’t believe that.”

“No, you’re wrong, because — ”

Everyone should have a friend whose opinions and beliefs

differ from your own.

Even in matters that will shock you,

that will make you want to shout and snarl,

yes even the matters you are absolutely certain of.

Be grateful of those that challenge your views,

for through honest discussion will you understand

as much about yourself as about the other.

Be grateful of those that respect you enough to be honest,

even when you disagree.

Be grateful of those that can speak, and argue, and disagree,

and still remain a friend.

 

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