It is important to understand our interactions with others. Some people may have beliefs or lifestyles that are corrosive. Allowing them to get too close can damage our ability to be compassionate. Being a friend does not mean not speaking up about such things. Quite the opposite. A friend should be able to speak honestly and openly with you, without offense. If we feel that we can not speak with someone, who we consider a friend, then perhaps our relationship is not what we believe it is; perhaps they or we are not as open as was thought. By misunderstanding the true nature of our relationships, we can set ourselves up for future disappointment.