Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
When you have been friends with someone for a long time, it is important to continue your friendship with that person even if he or she does something you do not like.?
被我们玩腻了的友谊的小船说翻就翻的梗，现在又被 ETS 拿来玩，真是活久见。不过这也从侧面反应出官方出题时，其实并不会像国内某些考试一样追赶时事热点。官方那帮出题的爸爸们，主要是选取生活中经常有争议且被谈论到的一些话题，提炼编写成独立写作题目。以前考过的朋友类话题如与聪明的人交朋友还是与幽默的人交朋友，确实就经常出现在大家茶余饭后的谈资当中。国内一档综艺节目《奇葩说》有一期辩题就是：跟蠢人交朋友是不是傻。我们今天这场独立写作题目如果上该节目，辩题可以是：跟背叛我们的人继续做朋友是不是傻。
Throughout life, from kindergarten to the retirement home, we occasionally meet someone and make friends with him or her, sometimes for life, or at least for a sizable chunk of life. I bet each one must have a couple of childhood friends or close friends in middle schools and colleges, yet as we age, our priorities and responsibilities shift, and the number of friends drops off, especially when we get
married. To some extent, some friends gradually become fragile pieces of memory, sliding into oblivion. So, when you have been friends with someone for a long time, I highly recommend continuing your friendship with that person even if he or she does something you do not like.
Opponents of my opinion may argue that we could always forge new relationships after we terminate old ones. Their claim completely ignores the fact that like Rome, relationships, especially long-term friendships, are not built in one day. Only by devoting our energies to those we feel and care will the friendship stand the test of time and stay stable. Let's say your friend Alvin does not answer your phone call or reply to your private direct messages on Twitter. This situation lasts for almost a week. What would you do? Defriend him entirely and cut communication altogether simply because you don't believe he really cares about your relationship? It is true that when Alvin abuses your trust it hurts, but it is certainly worth taking sustained efforts to make your friendship work mainly because he may be undergoing a brain surgery, without calling you to reveal the truth or without any intention to speak to anybody in order to gain some private space for himself. In this case, try not to take his failure to return your calls the wrong way, but try to engage him in a hear-to-heart chat and provide him your support.
Opponents may agree that we are well advised to forgive and forget, but they point out that there are times when the behavior of a friend is too intolerable for us to continue a friendship. For instance, Stephen may hook up with Klaus's girlfriend despite their long-term friendship. As far as I am concerned, this betrayal seldom occurs in real life while pervades in fictions, TV dramas or movies. Moreover, many people may not become as outrageous and vengeful as depicted in those works but may be able to confront such betrayal and work through the residual disagreements afterward.
In summary, it is always worth doing our utmost to continue our friendship with an old friend, regardless of what happens between us.?