“Loyalty to friends is easy when nothing rotten is in the air. But when rumors are flying, or innuendos, or betrayals – that is when the quality of true friendship becomes the stuff of heroic response. To give a friend the benefit of the doubt, to listen with depth and compassion and non-judgment to his/her story, to remain an approving friend even when you do not agree with a particular position, to be truly loyal in an age where loyalty is so easily relinquished – these are opportunities to use friendship as a means of righteous participation in life.
We live at a time when people collect friends like we collect clothes – different types for different moods, seasonal, disposable. Friends should be like classics, having nothing to do with this season’s trends or appetites or designs. They should be a mainstay of life, not only for what we get from them personally, but also for the opportunities they provide us to practice the art of a more noble existence.”
Marianne Williamson, in “Illuminata”
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