Friends Are as Dangerous as Enemies

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Sarah and I were best friends for more than ten years: we slept over at each other’s houses, shared our lunches and often went to the cinema together.

The sharing of one’s space, thoughts and cherished secrets with another individual is a serious feat. As the relationship between two people steadily grows, so does the emotional connection; the person you once knew as an acquaintance becomes a friend and eventually develops into a brother or sister. One thing will always remain true - friends are a tower of strength in times of stress and a safe-harbor during dire situations.

Although you may embark on many adventures together and share vivid, fond memories – the person you thought you once knew turns into the person you DO NOT know.

As we grew up and our situations changed, Sarah became a jealous and conniving person. The friend I trusted with my deepest fears and secrets revealed them to the world and never missed an opportunity to ensure I failed at everything I set out to do. She would talk behind my back and spread vicious, humiliating rumors about me to my school peers and my educators.

Needless to say, the relationship between us soured; friendship was now a forbidden entity. I could not believe my friend – my sister – would do that to me. I expected our connection to last many years into the future: one day she would support me as I graduated from university, watch me with pride as my maid-of-honor at my wedding and share the experience of raising our respective children together.

The above mentioned was naturally too good to be true as the person I once admired transformed before my very eyes. Soon I established that jealousy and hatred are possibly the worst evils in the world as the person you once knew, changed into something foreign and destructive. Jealousy and hatred can completely corrupt a person and the being you once loved and trusted as a friend, becomes as dangerous and loathed as an enemy.

Often the emotional pain of such a...
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