dude so i love my friends who actively support me and listen and give advice instead of casting aspersions in even the tiniest amounts.
i think it’s so funny and weird that in high school i used to have friends who actively lived by silencing conversation and relished sitting in a car that was devoid of story-telling or emotion-expressing more generally. The ‘rat king boys’ literally preferred silence to anyone trying to tell a personal story. They especially hated when somebody of a lower ‘status’ spoke about anything at all (usually a girlfriend in the backseat, the backwards custom unbeknownst to her). The whole process was implicit but if you did not adhere to the rules it was like ceding your territory and you were silenced immediately.