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Plenty of you out there know who you are when it comes to telling others “I can’t be friends with someone that supports this idea, or this candidate, or this, or that, or those ideas over there.” You’ve drawn your line in the sand, you’ve made your own personal ruling, and you’ve made it clear that if someone isn’t with you and agrees with your ideologies or is at least willing to say that they’re your friend and support everything you do and believe, that you can’t be friends with them.

It’s time for a reality check: real friends aren’t conditional.

They’ll be there because they believe you’re worth it. They don’t have to agree with your ideology, your religion, or even your lifestyle. If they’re your friend it’s because they see something in you that’s worth knowing, something that’s worth their time and effort. It might seem difficult to hang with someone that doesn’t believe as you do, but if the commonality between you is the fact that you enjoy spending time with each other, then religion, politics, and anything else shouldn’t matter.

Your friends are those that will have your back through everything. But if you value only those friends that agree with you, then it’s likely you have very few real friends that will tell you the truth of what they think. Instead you’ll have sycophants that are in the relationship to get what they can, not share what they have.

Don’t make your friends choose between your political ideologies and your friendship. Real friends will be there for you no matter if you agree or disagree. Cowards are the ones that follow like sheep, while friends are the ones who will openly argue with you whether you like it or not. They’re the ones that will seek to save you from yourself no matter if you want them there or not. Real friends will be there, plain and simple, no matter if the times are good or bad.

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