Not Defined

Relationship is not defined by communication. It is defined by commitment, compassion, and goodwill. Out of necessity, I communicate regularly with people who care very little about me and who probably secretly rejoice when I suffer. Conversely, my four dearest friends and I hardly interacted for nearly 25 years, but when our paths crossed again it was as if we’d never stopped talking—and we’d certainly never stopped caring. Communication is no substitute for that kind of relationship. It’s usually clear who does and does not genuinely care. Communication with spectators who hope to see you fail neither constitutes nor fosters relationship.

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