Regarding the emotional distance that I put between myself and a long-time friend, there may have been more to it than our political differences. The distancing happened at about the time that I was in general retreat from the noisy world around me. I had by that time no other friends, having spent my last few years of full-time work in the relative isolation afforded by my fixation on a major project and having cut myself off from colleagues with whom I had previously enjoyed cordial relations.
As I have said: No man is an island. But I am a gated peninsula.
The less I am in the world, the happier I am.
My politics — libertarian conservative — must be driven by my personality.
See these related pages and posts:
“Intelligence, Personality, Politics, and Happiness”
“Solitude for the Masses” and the items linked to therein
“Friendship and Personality”
“‘Libertarianism’, the Autism Spectrum, and Ayn Rand“