I've had some good friends, both male and female, in my life. But I am aware that in traditional societies, men generally mix with men, and women with women. In such societies, men don't go about befriending women, or vice versa. A man's personal dealings with women are limited to his wife, daughters, etc.
What do folks think about this? I recently made a good friend, who happens to be female. Our friendship is completely non-sexual; although there is affection between us, it's just like hugs etc. Do other folks have such friendships? Furthermore, are such friendships doomed to fade once one or the other gets romantically involved (with someone else, I mean)?
I'm curious about this. As far as I'm concerned, if I had an actual girlfriend and really trusted her, I should not mind her maintaining her male friendships. Not should she mind, me maintaining my female ones. But why is it that, in actual practice, this often is not how things work out? But has it worked out for anyone here?
Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."