Giving Space Often Brings Us Closer

A very good friend of mine is deeply reli­gious.

Nei­ther his reli­gion, nor my athe­ism came in between our friend­ship.

Anoth­er close friend and rel­a­tive is deeply spir­i­tu­al.

Despite my mate­ri­al­is­tic world­view, we under­stand each oth­er bet­ter than most oth­ers do.

Iron­i­cal though it may sound, often, the space we give each oth­er to be dif­fer­ent from us, brings us clos­er.

It isn’t affin­i­ty of ide­ol­o­gy, but the free­dom to be our­selves, that often leads to inti­mate friend­ships.

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  • Absolute­ly. And if one think a bit about it, it’s not iron­i­cal at all. When we deny space, the only rela­tion­ships we leave space for are fun­da­men­tal­ly unequal. And inti­mate friend­ships is pre­cise­ly not that. But you put it beau­ti­ful­ly.

  • Thank you.