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Awful, awful pun title aside, this is the Daily Post for today:

If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?

I mean, they could lie, right? Am I ruining the hypothetical? There’s no question I could ask a total stranger in the hopes that they would quality to be my friend with any certainty to the veracity of their answer. With that said…

If I had to come up with a litmus test to be friends with me — the absurdity — I’d probably ask them if they take themselves too seriously. I’m fairly big into self-deprecation and silliness and sarcasm and that kinda humor, dark humor specifically. All of which requires a certain levity with yourself, to not take yourself too seriously. It’s just an ugly trait to be suffocated by your own quest to be serious.

Because, look, you can be all those things I just mentioned — self-deprecating, silly and sarcastic — and still have a serious side. In fact, the second litmus test would be measuring one’s engagement in the world around them, as I find that quite important.

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