When it comes down to it there are two components that make friendship:
The variations of these components together defines what stage of friendship you’re in.
A one time acquaintance turned Facebook friend: 100% Entertainment
An acquaintance: 90% Entertainment, 10% Loyalty
A friend: 65% Entertainment, 45% Loyalty
A best friend: 50% Entertainment, 50% Loyalty
Your significant other: 65% Loyalty, 45% Entertainment
Family: 90% Loyalty, 10% Entertainment
Your pet (or lawyer): 100% Loyalty
Best friends have the precarious responsibility to not only be your partner in crime, but to not sell you out when you get caught. So what happens when something shakes up that balance?
Betrayal can be defined in many terms; “To be false or disloyal to,” “to give aid or information to the enemy,” “to divulge in a breach of confidence.” But betrayal in a friendship really only means one thing: death.
It’s natural for some friendships to organically fade as people grow up, but when betrayal is the cause for the friendship rift there is no hope for repair.
A best friend is privy to every secret and insecurity. If they were to somehow use that information for an unsanctioned cause like stealing your boyfriend or girlfriend, or something sketchy like selling you out at work to get promoted ahead of you, there is really no way the relationship will ever recover. Sure you may find a way to become friends again, maybe you’ve gone through so much in your lives together that you will try to fix it, but in reality the closeness will never be back to where it was. It will never be completely balanced again.
What would you consider to be a friendship deal breaker?