It seems to be the quickest way to polarize a relationship, bring something like personal beliefs into the conversation. To be honest, I thought I was the kind of person that could be fine with others believing whatever they wanted. That is partly still true – but if I’m being honest with myself, it bothers me when I think about some of my friends subscribing to such ridiculous beliefs – even if they don’t see them as ridiculous. So, I’m forced to put it aside and forget it exists when we are together. I choose to do this because, religious differences aside, I truly value my friends and the time we spend together.
One such friend is someone I have been close to for a long time. We went to university together, met within the first week of school, and graduated 4 years later with the same degree. In third and fourth year we were roommates. Honestly, the guy is a brother to me. More than that, whenever I needed help with any subject, I could ask him. Before knowing me for four months, he spent a total of about 20 hours helping me study for a final exam that I had no chance of passing. He did this even though he also had this exam (as well as five others) to study for. What I’m saying is, he’s a great guy and he’s very smart. Continue reading