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Volume 68, Issue 141, Friday, April 25, 2003


Your true friends will always be there

Derek Dickson
Guest Columnist

There are so few concrete things in life to help get each and every one of us through the day. I don't know where I would be without friends. I mean a family member, a lover, a teacher or a real friend -- not necessarily the people I grew up with. 

I'm surprised at how scarce real friends are. The abundance of fake people in the world amazes me. You really can't trust anyone besides your friends. The most difficult thing to do is determine whether a person is fake before itis too late. I am sure we all have suffered the effects of a fake friend at one time or another. If not, you are darn lucky.

Being stabbed in the back by someone you trust is hard to endure, as betrayal is one of man's most deepening pains. And revenge is always one of man's downfalls. After being stabbed in the back by a "friend" you want to rip his or her heart out. But I suggest you save your time; I doubt there is one to rip out.

A real friend is a luxury. Being with friends eases stress and makes you feel at home. Often people meet their best friends when they are 12 or 13 years old. I don't know if this is true for everyone, but it was for me.

Nothing is better than hanging out with buddies from childhood. Those are real friends -- the ones you can trust your life with, the ones that don't judge you.

No friend has betrayed me in years because I learned to recognize fakeness in people. However, I have seen others around me fall victim to fake friends. It is a sad thing to see. I know some of these people may be reading and I hope that they will open up their eyes, but most likely not.

Everyone, please watch your back. There are silicone people out there, and somehow, it is rather easy for others to fall victim to betrayal. Don't forget or neglect your real friends. Hold on to them, because you will need them for the rest of your life -- trust me.

Dickson, a sophomore communication major, can be reached via


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