False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine but leaving us when we cross into the shade.
Christian Nevell Bovee
Fake friends are like shadows, staying close to us while we are happy, successful and benefits to gain from us, (sunshine) and they leave our lives when we are going a harsh a time, and experience a loss of benefit from us, (cross into the shade). Sunshine is symbolic in this quote and is referring to good times. By being rich and famous, you will attract a large group of "fake friends," because there is power, money, fame and other things they can benefit from. And, as soon you become poor, they do not know you, or will cut off all communications. There are several stories in the media relating to this topic.
At some point in our lives, we will meet those kinds of people who want to part of our lives because they want something from us, and the friendship is usually conditional, on their terms. Fake friends (or people), will disappear from our lives when we are going through a difficult time, and when the friendship does not benefit them.
A true friend will be there to support you when you are in trouble, and going a challenging time, (regardless of money, status, and power). Real friends will celebrate your accomplishments and show sympathy when you are experiencing pain. They will always be there during good and bad times, and you can depend on them. Real friends will encourage and advise you on how to accomplish your goals, and won't become jealous over your success (see more on jealous friends). They would also not end the friendship because of minor disagreements and conflicts.
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