Richard says sexual love is about need while friendship is a relationship freely chosen.
Richard says sexual love often ends in disappointment and betrayal, while friendship deepens throughout life.
Richard says at its best sexual love matures into friendship while at its worst it is an entirely selfish transaction.
Richard’s most fulfilling sexual relationship was with a picture of a naked woman in a cowboy hat he found on google and his most intense friendship was with an imaginary French count named Eustace St. John who comforted him as a child when his parents were fighting.
Richard is a lonely character, but some of his reflections, perhaps, are not entirely without merit.