They say, if you want to see who your true friends are, go through a tough time and see who sticks around. Over the years, I’ve lost many friends because of this; and with time I learned to easily differentiate among the real and fake ones, and what it takes to build a genuine friendship.
When tragedy strikes, there are typically three kinds of “friend”: those who show up to genuinely make sure you are okay, those who pretend to reach out for their own peace of mind, and those who just don’t give a sh*t as long as your misfortunes doesn’t shake their world. The latter two types make me wonder—is it that they are too busy with their own lives to offer support of some sort to someone else? Are they too caught up in their own little bubble to be compassionate among humanity? Is it utter selfishness for their precious time or unwillingness to go out of their comfort zone? Or is it that they simply don’t know what it takes to be a friend?—Or even less, what it takes to be a person!
Do we still live by The Golden Rule—“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”—or do we walk with our heads held high, in our own little world, oblivious of reality, running low on compassion, thinking that tragedy will never happen to us or that the day will never come where we too will be in a challenging situation in dire need of someone… a day when karma rolls around and we find ourselves in desperate need of just anyone.
What exactly causes someone to have such sheer thoughtlessness?
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