Scott Adams, the Dilbert creator, defines the criteria for calling someone a friend, the criteria being:
1. Someone you have told a secret.
2. Someone who has accepted a favor from you.
But, he also ends the post with:
So if you find a candidate for a friend with whom you have some chemistry and common interests, work on the secret and the favor.
Here, I don’t agree. I don’t think making a friend should be something that you should have to work towards, in a conscious way, as having a target.
Some things should come about naturally, subconsciously, no?