A few years ago, a few of my friends and I were planning a catchup dinner. One friend declined citing the reason that the proposed location was too far even though it suited everyone else. I complimented her courage for saying ‘no’ to meeting up at said location. Later, a friend indicated that it was odd thing for me to say because she’s our friend so she could say ‘no’. However, I find that it’s frequently tough to say ‘no’ to friends, to stand firm when the status quo is against you or your favour. This is why Neville Longbottom was awarded 10 points after all.
It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.