Excerpt About Friend

Leaving Someone Alone

Leaving someone alone means not trying to manipulate them, not trying to control them, not trying to make them one way or another, not trying to make them respond in one way or another. When a friend leaves you alone, that friend is with you as an emptiness, in a sense, as an acceptance. This doesn’t mean encouraging your indulgences or your self-hatred. If your friends encourage your indulgences and your hating yourself and your gossip and all that, they’re not leaving you alone, they’re helping you not to be alone. They’re helping you to be fake.

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