His best friend has turned his back on him…it is actually quite sad to see. I understand that J’s friend is mad and disappointed but does he really have to sever the friendship? J has another friend that is not a friend at all and celebrates J’s failures by passing all the juicy details on to everyone. Those friends have also walked away. Why do people revel in others misfortune? Yes these are J’s consequences but what happen to standing by your friend?
I empathize with wanting to turn your back and walk away. There have been many times I have wished I could have the perverse satisfaction of completely turning my back on my son but I just can’t. However, that does not mean I will become a doormat either.