not only are such people good and
trustworthy friends themselves but they
can make genuine friends of others.
the bamboo groves are gorgeous.
each bamboo tree stands alone,
growing straight and tall toward the sky.
yet in the ground, out of sight, their roots
are interconnected. true friendship is a
relationship of independence. it is the
enduring bond that connects self reliant
individuals, comrades who share the same
commitment, on a spiritual dimension.”