(SH! IT CAN)™
One problem with "partial truths" -- as we often call such things, for example: "if your girlfriend loves you, she'll be willing to [ fill in the blank ]" and other bits of real wisdom from the ages of something -- is that they simply do not reveal the whole truth. Such things might not be meant to deceive, but by ignoring some other elements of reality, they actually *are* lies, and not the truth. So many examples of this are around that no starting place is clear, and this makes the "whole lump" very difficult to look at if whatever is mentioned will be rejected as heresy and relegated to the category of "wrong" then forgotten. The last thing I would ever want to do is to "let" anything come between "us" if there is any sort of "us" to be under our protection. Placing enough value on relationships will produce different behavior in folks, and sometimes it might seem as if we cannot get along "without any friends" and it would be disaster to "end up alone" with no hope for a life that is not filled with misery where nobody cares. Once we "catch on" to something, we do not have to feel any such desperation ever again. Friendship is not something to put us in each other's chain, but somehow it can seem like it might be trying to turn into just such an "arrangement" and if we do not "do the right thing" we will break it. I know folks with unbreakable bonds, which are not chains.