Friends are an escape of yourself. They are an attempt to join into another person's mind, and escape the isolation of your own mind. There are two types of friends, extensions and abandonments. Extensions are friends that are an extension of yourself, they are used to self-justify, and to feel like you don't have to be alone as an individual, because your friend is also you. Other friends are abandonments, or people you use to abandon yourself by, because they are so different that when you are with them you become them, and escape yourself for a while. One cannot do both at the same time, but some friends can let you escape yourself and verify yourself at different times. This may seem like the best kind of friend, but they can be the worst, because you can never quite escape yourself with this person, and you can never quite be self-justified by this person. Although you can take the stand that differences make us special, this is idealistic nonsense. When someone differs from you in matters that you yourself could have chosen, you can approve. But you would be unable to accept as friends those who choose things you never could have chosen. In other words, your closest friends will be possible outcomes of you; you in other circumstances making different possible decisions will be your friend. People who you do activities with are not your friends, they are acquaintences. Your beliefs do not need to overlap, and you do not need to escape yourself or verify yourself using these people, because that is not your purpose. You get these people to amuse you, and losing one has the same sensation as boredom. Any type will do, so long as your conversations do not run deep. There is also a mythical best friend, who cares about you because of who you are and also loves him/herself at once. These people do not exist, I stopped believing in them yesterday. YOur best friend loves him/herself, you are an extension. In other words, one become two, not two become one. If you ever meet anyone who really is you, then you will be the luckiest person alive. Relationships differ from friendships, although they overlap. More in another entry.