Better an open enemy than a false friend
To begin with; I should say that I completely agree with this proverb because true friends are rare nowadays. Very few people can be honored with the title of a “friend”. In his every day life a person meets lots of men but only a few leave a really pleasant footprint in his life and memory. In almost all the cases the majority of humans who surround us are deceiving and insincere. Unfortunately we don’t observe this from the first sight till we receive the results of dishonest attitude towards us.
From the other side it can be hurtful if a friend tells you the cruel truth not in private but in public, a true friend will never do this but a false one won’t think of the consequences of this confession, he won’t take into ...view middle of the document...
It’s a well known fact that an open enemy is sometimes better than a dozen of friends, as you can find out a lot of interesting things about your personality in order to improve yourself later. An enemy has no interest in lying to you so he can tell all the truth about certain things.
In my opinion a person should have only one or two best friends and none enemies, but of course I can be mistaken. I’m convinced that every man needs a friend near himself, the one who can tell him all the faults of his own in private, the one with whom he can hold a conversation, bare his secrets… Still, this friend has to be a true one, someone who’ll never betray you. A fake friend is worse than an open enemy because you tell him your secrets, being relaxed and thinking that he shares your visions. You trust him as you trust yourself without knowing that he may spread gossips about you. And yet, the problem is not about what he can say about you, it’s about the moment in which you reveal the truth about your feelings.
Besides, nowadays there are a lot of people who promise much trying to persuade you in their friendship but in fact they will never support you. So, we have to appreciate men who help us with actions because actions are much more valuable than words.
That’s why I do believe that an open enemy is better than a false friend. All of us have friends but just few of them are real ones with whom we can maintain friendly relationships that can last even a lifetime. Of course there’s no doubt that it’s better to know all your enemies. The worst thing that may happen to someone is to realize that your best friend is not in reality your comrade and all that time you were telling him your top secrets and thoughts. That’s why it is better to have an open enemy and keep him at a distance than to receive a hit in the back from a false friend.