I am a bit of an odd duck. I consider people only as acquaintances unless they are fiduciaries and then I am a fiduciary to them.
I have only had five friends in my 51 years. Four of them failed me and lost my friendship. One died.
My best friend is my beloved wife. And she is the only one I would die for in a heart beat.
Oh btw... one of those four friends was a female which I learned the hard way is not practical. Men and women "can" be friends but only extremely rare circumstances. Mine failed me like typically happens between male and female friends (and it was not about sex).
I have many acquaintances and my job is heavily public relations etc. But I prefer being alone when I am not with my wife... or here posting.
Many people, I have found, are afraid to be alone. They have devices (cell phones ipods etc) as if they can't stand the thought of being alone or in a time of solitude and quietness. So sad.
Interesting. Very interesting. I think I can relate to you a lot--and I agree about how sad it is that people can hardly stand to be alone--I worry about people's co-dependence on another. For those of us that can handle being alone just fine, they can make things difficult for us that would be easy.
Yeah, I tossed my cell phone and have refused to get a new one for years. I can't stand people following me everywhere (they expect you to have it on you if you own a cell phone, let's face it).
Indeed, when people are alone, they have to face themselves, and face God. Maybe that's the problem for some folks--they don't have peace in that one-to-one interaction. Bad news when you realize that on the day of judgment we're going to have a one-on-one with God, no doubt about it.