by Michael Velazquez
Mike with friends from High School in Miami. Years don't matter!
We all have friends. Friends at work, friends from high school, friends from college, boyfriends, girlfriends, Facebook friends. In fact I would submit that we are suffering from hyper-inflation and dilution of the concept of friendship.
The standard of friendship, in my mind, someone whom you trust that accepts who you are despite knowing all your warts and defects, maybe even knows some of your secrets, has been over-extended to circles of acquaintances that are undeserving.
If we believe that our friends should earn the moniker, then you have to decide what to do with new prospects. Should you have them fill out an application for friendship? Do a background check? Credit check? Political compatibility? Same religion?