Jimmy ape Posted February 11 Share Posted February 11 I grew up with more friends than I could count. We played sports, traded sports cards, and it was an epic and happy childhood for the most part (when I wasnt fighting with my parents). As I got older friends slowly started dropping like flies. In my early twenties I cared about it. Now Im in my early 40s and people have repeatedly shown themselves to be so unbelievably awful, selfish, deceiving, and betraying that I find myself wanting to cut off contact from almost everyone except my family. I understand that plenty of people in all walks of life have good and meaningful friendships with others without feeling this way. All this being said, I have not been the epitome of an angel my entire life either. But I am loyal kind and generous and I feel these are traits severely lacking. It is indeed a paradox that even those that become misanthropic and see humanity for what it really is, seemingly still need other people to feel normal and not depressed. We are social animals at our core. That marriage or long term relationship with a partner that many in the world get to and enjoy has been elusive for me. I would like to learn how to just be happy alone but knowing myself, Im not sure this is possible. Thus we are left with the paradox, people are unbelievably awful but yet be still need to have them in our lives. Quote Link to comment
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