4 out of 10 people say they don’t have a single close friend who’s political views were different than their own
That is what I think I heard on the radio this morning. Which cannot be a good thing, I thought to myself. And then I reminded myself that I am one of the 6. I have a friend who’s political views are polar opposite of mine and I can honestly say that I consider him one of my very close friend.
But that brought up some other interesting thoughts.
Friendship is a relationship between 2, or more, individuals that is more than just that of being acquaintance. The “more” is of course relative and unique. While we all experience many friendships over our lifetime, we most often fail to realize, recognize or appreciate these friendships or the friends.
I consider myself to be very, very fortunate to have had experienced several friendships over the years. One of the strongest of these were one that I formed just before my teens. While the bond may not be as strong at this very moment, but that is more a reflection of life having taken us in different paths.
Heard the radio program as I was heading to work after dropping my daughter. Off the bat I had a few questions:
- Is this phenomenon unique to America / Western World
- Is this a new development. I.e, was this not a issue 10 / 50 / 100 years ago?
- Is the assumption that the friendship has to be between men?