I don’t think I believe in friendship.
It’s sort of a weird social construct to begin with, isn’t it? You go out into the world and find people you get along with or with whom you share interests and you decide to be around them. The more you’re around them, the more attached you get until sometimes it’s difficult to remember what your life was like before you happened upon that person. You begin to feel entitled to that person. You deserve to have that person in your life.
But the truth is, neither of you are under any sort of contractual obligations. Either of you can opt out any time you please. You can tell that person you don’t want to be around them as much. You might just start slowly edging them out. Maybe you’ll cut them off altogether. Or maybe they’ll edge you out. Maybe you’ll make them mad one day and they decide that you’re now longer worth being around. Maybe you’ll find that your attachment to that person is greater than their attachment to you. It may also be that through time and not being around each other as much, your attachment mutually fades to the point where you both think of the other fondly from time to time but your relationship is no longer relevant in either party’s life.
I don’t think I like that. There’s too much room for error and too much room for unnecessary angst. So, with that being said, it’s probably best to keep everyone at arm’s length. What’s the point in getting attached to someone who’s more than likely going to leave anyway?