'...of all our relationships, friendship is the most common and the most natural. In its universality, it even trumps family. Many of us fail to marry, and many more have no children; others never know their mother or father, and plenty have no siblings. But any human being who has ever lived for any time has had a friend. It is a relatiuonship available to and availed by all of us. It is at once the most particular and most universal relationship there is.
And yet we hardlyt talk about it. What we know most intimately in practice, we flee from in the abstract.'
Andrew Sullivan, Love Undetectable, p.176.