Weak friends and semi-friendly neutrals are useless.
They're there when times are good.
Shit gets a little hairy, and they're out.
People forget so fast.
They forget what you've done for them.
They forget what you've done together.
They forget what you've built, what you can do.
Your closest friends? Maybe they remember. Halfway.
Even then. Not so much...
You know who appreciates you?
When you're locked into conflict and struggle with someone, and they're trying to hurt you, and you're successfully breaking that harm upon your rocks and defeating them...
These people appreciate you.
I don't need more weak friends. I need more enemies. God bless all of them, everywhere, everyone I'm fighting. And if you should break me? So much the better, my congratulations if so! I have a lot to learn, and you'll teach me the lessons.
Or perhaps the other way around.
Weak friends are useless. Strong enemies, they're worth their weight in gold.