I’ve always been puzzled by this one, and I’d like to know what people thought of it: how far would you go to support your friend? What if your friend told a lie? Would you support them in said lie? What if they stole something? Beat someone up? Cheated on someone? Committed a felony? Murdered someone? What, if anything, would stop you from supporting them? To me anything unconditional is blind. People can change or be someone you never thought them to be. A guy who is nice to you but an a-hole to the waiter is not a nice guy, IMO. I can forgive smaller indiscretions, so long as they admitted it, but I have no forgiveness for a friend who seriously harms another person willing, happily and/or repeatedly. By ignoring your friend’s wrongdoing you not only are a bad person to the person whose being mistreated, you’re also betraying your own friend by not stopping them before they become someone who’s jailed. And you even betray yourself by accepting friendship from a person not worthy of it. Also consider that while this person might only be cruel to someone you don’t know what makes you think that that will remain civil to you? That one day they won’t turn on you too? I’ve seen so many cases where people remain loyal to people who do things they admit disgust them. Not simple harmless things…things that involve sheer vindictiveness and cruelty to another human being. If this were done by someone other than their friend they’d quickly denounce the person, but they turn a blind eye when it’s their friend. It’s like the moment they become a friend that person no longer had to abide by laws, civil or moral. In the end, to me, holding one’s self to a standard of principles is more important that having a gaggle of disreputable friends. I’d rather be a loner than the friend of a murderer.