It often happens, whilst we travel down the road of life, that we find that trite old platitudes that we scoffed at, actually turn out to be quite true, however, some, when observed for any length of time, we find are actually pretty ridiculous. This is the case for one such saying, which someone pointed out to me a while ago (I can't for the life of me remember who, and it's bothering me terribly).
"Friends don't let friends do stupid things."
Friends actually let friends do LOTS of stupid things, despite what parents, teachers, scout masters, dare advisors, seminary instructors, and that guy who talks to you in junior high assemblies will tell you. The fact is when someone is your friend they usually want to do the same things as you do and have roughly the same capacity for intelligence. Friends are the people who usually don't bother you about your grades, chores and homework. Not to say that a friend doesn't sometimes fill the roll as a mentor or guide, but usually at that point they are doing just that, filling a different role.
I dunno, maybe I'm wrong. It just seems to me that real friends be themselves around you, for better or worse. Maybe even trying to put a label on what makes a friend is ridiculous, I don't know. I'm just saying...