if they can't deal with the truth - i feel like i am better off without them. what is the point if all they want to do is relate on a mask-to-mask level? don't waste time and energy on them if it is not an authentic friendship. we have enough professional and social obligations that we have to keep up just to function in the world. to expend personal resources on a facade or sham of a relationship voluntarily is useless.
"the scariest thing about abuse of any shape or form, is, in my opinion, not the abuse itself, but that if it continues it can begin to feel commonplace and eventually acceptable."
- Alan Cumming, "Not My Father's Son"