A New York Times article, A Best Friend - You Must Be Kidding, described how schools now seek to discourage children from having best friends because one-on-one relationships are not the healthiest way for children to learn to relate to others.
When I sent the article to my cousin, he described how his ten-year-old son's school won't let him sit with his best friend on the school bus.
I understand that such intense relationships have their downsides - just the way intense love relationships that high school kids (and older people) form are not always in their best interests (I wrote Love and Addiction, after all).
But has it come to this - mental health authorities regulating who we can have relationships with? Is this getting anywhere near the old person with Alzheimer's who decides he might as well die - if the only way we can avoid dysfunctional interactions is to have public health officials choose whom we spend time with, are we still worthy of being called human?
All right, so it would eliminate really embarrassing press conferences by religious governors who got the hots for Latin senoritas. But it will also cut out a lot of literature.