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Friday, August 17, 2012

My latest hypothesis about friendship

This year, I turn 21. During the two decades of my existence, I believe I've learned a few things about the world, about how things work and what makes them work that way. Practical things like shouting at people doesn't get them to agree, putting your cigarette butt in a dustbin might just end up burning down the housedon't run with scissors, and always check the URL before clicking on a link if you don't want to get Rick Roll'd

Some of these things I learned at school, some of them I learned through experience. Even then, inexplicably, all the schooling and experience I've had haven't brought me to a conclusion about friendship. You'd think that they'd teach you something as fundamental as this in kindergarten, but it turns out that it's too complex for preschoolers to grasp. In the last few years, I've had some great friendships, some that have lasted, some that just discretely faded away, and some that turned terribly sour, only to leave a bitter-sweet after-taste. 

Rather than just roll my tongue around in my mouth savouring the after-taste of friendships gone bad, I've spent time thinking about what makes people friends, and why they come and go, and now I'm going to share my latest hypothesis about friendship with you: