Human beings are social creatures. They strive for companionship with others. Although there are some people that might find pleasure in solitude until they reach the state of insanity, it seems clear that the majority of people do seek companionship if possible.
Central among these companionships are friendships. For some people, this is what makes life worthwhile, the presence of friends. Aristotle found friendship important. Friendship is a sort of goodness, or at the least implies it. The good life finds its high point in the virtue of friendship.
Friendship is what really measures a good man. With friendship one is not following laws, he is naturally giving and receiving, a mutual sharing of things in life. Wanting friendship is natural instinct, and for the most part, there is no escaping friendship in some form or another. If one is involved in community life, marriage, or plainly has a family in general, the friendship will cross the path.
Throughout our life, we get into different kinds of relationships. Some relationships we cannot choose like family ties. These are relationships we are born in, and we cannot break them any more than we can stop breathing. Even denying their existence does not change the fact that your mother and father, brother, and sister, are who they are.
Other relationships are not forced upon us but we do not have complete control over them, like who we fall in love with. We do not choose who we want to fall in love with even though we do choose the situations that make it possible for the feelings to appear. The third kind of relationship is friendships. Friendships are the most important kind of relationship you can be involved in. One of the reasons is that you can choose your friend, unlike your family.
But what kind of friend you are, depends solely on your character. Friendships bring out the best in us, and a man without friends could never find out the best in himself. A true person would never choose to live without friends even if he had all the other goods of life.
We tend to consider people’s friends, even though they are not close and do not spend much time with them. Examples of these might be colleagues, fellow students, neighbors, and even your mailman. They might not be close friends, but they are friends in some sense of the word. Although they are friends that are here today and gone tomorrow, they are important because they are your connection to the rest of the world.
Sometimes there is an inequality, and a way of the balance must be found. Just as money differs on various kinds of products, qualifications and contributions differ in most friendships. To Aristotle, a true friend is a semi mirror image of oneself. True Friends share more than just mutual enjoyment of each others company. They are also soulmates.
Only the true man can become a true friend. The reason is that only the true man will seek out the ultimate good, and among the goods, there is a true friend. A man cannot be self-sufficient without a friend because he would be missing a key component to what a self-sufficient man should have. In his friend, he sees the reflection of himself, and he discovers new sides within himself that he would not otherwise be able to find. The friend becomes an extension of himself. They would be two souls dwelling in one body.
Having true friends should be the center of what a moral person should have and work for. The way to get to the world is through your friends. Since we are political beings, we do not live in a vacuum. Our friends do have other friends besides us, and we become friends by connection. Gathering a circle of friends leads us to the entire world.
In order for someone to be a good friend, they would have to like what is within themselves. Only a good person is capable of self-love since the bad person would loathe what he would find in himself. It is the hallmark of a good person to have good friends because good tends to attract good. A good person would be attracted to other good people, even though it is self-serving.
There is also a puzzle about whether one ought to love oneself or someone else most of all. Those who love everybody but themself will end up loving nobody, but those who love themself and no one else will shun their fellow man and in turn, will not love everyone else as much as they are capable of. Only friends can help you distribute the love you have for the world and for yourself.
The true person would do what was in his long term self-interest. This often leads to the good of other people because a true person receives pleasure from it. In friendship, he is cultivating a good relationship for himself, but he is also promoting his friend. Through his friendship, he has to deal with many other people that are in some ways related to his friend.
Knowing that his friend might be hurt if something would happen to them, it would be in his self-interest to promote their happiness too. It is in this sense that we can reach the world through friendship. We are promoting the good of the world through our own wish for self-preservation. And when everyone contends to achieve what is fine and strains to do the finest actions, everything that is right will be done for the common good, and each person individually will receive the greatest of goods, since that is the character of virtue quoted by Aristotle.
Human nature is generally good and is the indicator of how we should act. Since human nature seems to promote relationships, it is clear that friendships are the best kind of relationship. In order to have a healthy friendship, one must be able to give as well as receive. If you wish good things in this way, but the same is not returned by the other, you would be said to have [only] goodwill for the other. For friendship is said to be reciprocated goodwill another quote from Aristotle.
For the majority of people, the best they can hope for is the friendship of pleasure. Even though it is true that friendship can only grow into true friendship over time, it does not mean that young people are incapable of experiencing it. There are friendships among young people that go beyond pleasure. They have all the characteristics of true friendship without the participants being old men.
Rather than claiming that only a select few are capable of true friendships, one should rather hold that most people are capable of this kind of friendship. It does not mean that everybody will experience it in their lifetime. Since friendship is a matter of meeting the right person and being interested enough to develop the relationship into a friendship, many might be blind to potential friendships.
True friends must also have the same type of values. We cannot imagine being friends with someone who does not share our values. I am not thinking about values like, what color or car brand you prefer, but rather moral values that are the basis for who you are.
It seems plausible that a Serbian and Albanian could not be friends, even if they shared the same hobbies. Their values would be too different to sustain the friendship. It seems equally clear that you could not trust someone who lies a lot, so friendship with a bad person insofar as we are talking about a true friendship seems impossible.
There seem to be many people in our life, that we do favors for and who do favors for us, without anyone calling it a friendship. These people are incomplete friends. Man is a social animal and its our nature to enjoy being with others. Friendship is the stronghold for the community, family, and married life. In all times of life, man needs friends. The young need to be shown what to do, and the old need to be cared for. Friendship is a virtue.
In order to be happy, one needs, sufficient external goods, health, opportunity to practice and actual practice of moral values (such as courage, justice, and generosity), opportunity to practice and actual practice of intellectual values (such as science and reasoning), friends, and good luck. Even the self-sufficient man needs friends to be generous too.
He also needs sufficient external goods to exercise his generosity. Those who have only enough or less than enough are unable to give to their friends. Finally, we need friends to practice thinking and acting. We can think by ourselves, but a conversation with friends increases our learning.
Friendship also binds citizens together in the community. Where there is friendship, there is no need to enforce action through justice. Nothing can teach the art of goodness more than that of friendship.
Without friends to share the good and the bad, I think life would lose its luster. How could a good man be good without friends? To not have friends would mean to live off in the woods all alone like a hermit. This is not a true person, one who would not share himself and hide alone and live a secluded life. If one thought of himself in any worth, he would want to share his worth with someone.
In all, to be true one’s self, one needs self-love. If one fully loves himself, he/she would take part in friendship knowing that it is not only good for them, but for others as well. Two kinds of self-love exist. One includes yourself, and one includes others.
To realize your own best interest and mold them together with the welfare of others is actualizing one’s ideal self. Friendship is sharing in the search for truth and good with one or others. If one were truly good, he would want to share his dreams and aspirations in life with his friends. By way of true friendship with others, good men uncover happiness which in turn adds to their own goodness.
Dr. Levensohn, you asked the three of is to write you a paper on what we think that friendship is. Truly friendship is something that can t be placed into words. It is more of a concept than a literal translation. For the purpose of this paper though, I have compiled what I feel is the notion of friendship.
I think that friendship starts with a small amount of change, on both parts. When I originally didn’t live near my best eight friends, I was by myself with a few random exceptions. I had friends, but they were t like back home. I think the problem was loyalty. You need people to be loyal towards you and vise versa. Coming to school in Orlando, I did t truly have the loyalty I was so accustomed to. It was a miracle that I had an opportunity to move in a few weeks later with Jeff, my roommate.
He was one of the few loyal friends I had with me in this new environment. Well, in this hall, where we lived were six other boys. Kids I had known, some I disliked, and others I had never known. Who would think that over a few months, the boy who yearned for loyalty would find it within these walls?
My new best friends, but what are friends again? These people that I share my current life with. They care about me, I care about them. Let me start once again. What is true friendship? I m still not sure exactly. The three of us came to your office asking for an essay assignment. But what did you really give us? A story, about how you saw your good friend, the person you thought was loyal to you.
The person you confided in. You buddy, friend, amigo, whatever. In the snow, with your new shoes, you watched your friendship take definition. You were never able to define how you felt around your friend. So what does it mean? I m still very confused as to what to really say. What makes friendship what it is, possibly pain. Is that what it takes for people to realize the level of friendship is.
I think friendship is a level of achievement you make with random people. To be your friend is respect like no other. At any time, things can come crashing down, and you always thought that s why I need friends. Again what is friendship? The more I think of the word, the more comes to mind.
Let me look at it from a different perspective. Something maybe a little bit scary, but real. I sit here with my eight best friends, keep in mind they aren’t all friends. Within a group such as ours, we all have a common bond, which is our religion. Being Jewish, one might think that we would also share the same moral base, but it could not be further from the truth. A nice kid, a klepto, the nervous one, the physical one, the good looking one, the liar, the dreamer, and the frat boy. Keep in mind the frat one doesn`t share our religious faith. And within that, I have my best friends. All the while we don t agree on everything, and we don t all like each other. Some wish the others could change.
The entire time I have the worst problem though. I sometimes get these reality kicks. So what does this large friendship mean? It means that before we are twenty, one of eight of us will probably die. It s sick and it’s sad, but its a statistic that s true. I go through every day hoping that it will skip us.
Why do I think the way I do. I have no clue, but I do. It seems to me that maybe I feel that caring is an important part of friendship. The more I believe that I am right, others show me maybe its an added bonus but don’t have to be incorporated in all friendships. So where do I stand? I think maybe loyalty and caring are a great part of friendship.
Possibly, I can argue that a large amount of my definitions, if you call it that, comes from my people watching. I take parts of what I see, I put them together and that s how I see my friends. It s like a collage of images, through other people s eyes, yet when the combination is put together it produces a feeling no others can relate. That is my way of seeing friendship.
Last but not least, you left me with one last thought. You placed me in the real world I fear. You looked at the three of us. Will you guys still be friends in ten years. If one of you dies, will the others know about it?
Dr. Levensohn, I sat before my computer thinking of a clever retort for what seemed to me as one of life s riddles. I knew exactly what my friends were thinking when we walked into your office. You came and interrupted the chess match between Jeff and myself. We were all anxious to see how you would handle our situation. I stated earlier that I m a people watcher.
I saw the look on my friend’s faces and knew that you re a person who respects friendship like no other. You asked us a simple question, will we be friends in ten years from now. I answer you in the most simple manner I can think of. Of course, the three of us will be, as for my eight other best friends, life will go on. We will all separate and that will be that. Well keep in touch but that s the most. As for Jeff, Perry, and Evan, sir we are friends for life. That is how we are. The so-called combination that I set for us is unbreakable. I can feel it. That s what friendship means to me.
There are many valuable things in life, but friendship may be one of the most important. To live life without the experience of friendship is life without living. Human interaction is a necessity for survival, but developed friendships are essential to the successful well being of anyone. Based upon Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of a friend is, “A person whom one knows, likes and trusts.”
But to all, Friendship has no defined terminology. The definition of a friend, and friendship, is based upon one’s own notions. Many people look for different characteristics in friends, things that may be common in nature. There are many different types of friends that one wants or needs. There are five different categories for these friends. It is best in nature to recognize and appreciate various kinds of friends.
The first type of friend in friendship is an acquaintance. This is the beginning of all basics and deeper friendships. This is the person with whom, is only known on a pure, and basic level. The insight into this person’s life is merely an observation from a person’s perception. Usually, these are the types of friends that a person may meet in school, at work, local hangouts, or somewhere that is frequented often.
They are greeted with a mere smile and daily greeting. These are the people that know of their acquaintance’s existence and appreciate their effort. Their kind words can put a smile on the face of anyone, but the true meaning is hardly the truth.
The Waitress at the local restaurant could be an acquaintance if she knows a person’s regular routine, as well as waves if she is seen outside of work. The traditional acquaintance maybe someone that sits in class that is shared. It could even be a friend of a friend, someone that is seen frequently but the extent of conversations rarely going into depth.
A friend is someone difficult to find. A friend is someone you can always count on when times are tough. The dictionary’s definition of a good friend is a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. A good friend is there when you are struggling. For example, when a boy breaks your heart a good friend walks you through it and offers a shoulder to cry on.
According to Bree Neff, a good friend is someone who is trustworthy, doesn’t talk behind your back, listens to your problems, gives good advice, and tries to lend humor along with his or her support. There are also bad friends, those who pretend to care and then turn around gossiping and starting drama.
You want friends that show they care and do not resent your achievements. A good friend sees good in your accomplishments; because of this they will not want you to do poorly and will always be looking out for you, hoping you do your best.
A trustworthy friend is someone you can count on no matter what. They are someone you can call in the middle of the night and vent to, or just talk. They are someone who, if they say they are going to do something, they do it and don’t a bailout. Good friends are people with whom you can talk to and trust with your secrets.
You can tell a friend anything and know they won’t open their mouth just for the fun of it because they like and respect you too much to hurt you. If you have something you feel like you can’t tell anyone about, they are the friends you can tell. A good friend is someone who when you tell them personal stuff you don’t have to worry, you know your secret is safe.
Trusted friends are those you can tell your flaws to and know your revelations are safe. Sometimes after you tell people certain information you think: “What in the world was I thinking?” but a trustworthy person won’t ever make you feel like that.
In the poem On Friendship, the Kahlil Gibran speaks to us as a prophet. He discusses the relationship between people. He wants us to understand the meaning of friendship. To each of us, our friendship has a different meaning. However, for all of us, it is a gift. I think the glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
I agree with the author. My best definition of a best friend would be someone who is always there when you need a shoulder to cry on and is someone who you can trust. In his poem he says: And he is your board and your fireside. I think a best friend should be someone that you can look up to, idolize, and care about, like family. A friend who is emotionally, physically, and mentally there for you, when you feel bad or have a problem and is usually the one who makes you feel better about yourself. He is the first person who comes in when the whole world has gone out.
In lines, 15-17 Gibran says: For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed. My experiences with friends have been extremely well. I have a best friend. I don t remember when we started to become best friends. But our friendship grew deeper and deeper every day.
We enjoyed being together. We shared all of our secrets. We talked about everything that bothered us and we together worked out a way to solve our problems. I believe that to have a friend you must be a friend. Friends should support each other at all times. When a friend is in need, you are waiting for him as he would be waiting for you.
In the final couplet, Kahlil Gibran says: And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. A life without one or several best friends, I believe is no life at all.
To go through life without a person with whom to share secrets, pain and dreams would be unimaginably dull. Without my best friends, I would not be half the person I am today. They keep me focused on what is important in life and held me to make decisions between them.
In conclusion, Gibran s poem On friendship is one of the greatest poems, which I have ever read before. The author gave us a good chance to think about the meaning of friendship. As for me, friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It s not something you learn in school. But if you haven t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven t learned anything.
Friendship is one of the most important things in life and everyone should learn how to maintain at least one true friend. Not only is it beneficial to your happiness, but it is also constructive medicine in both your mental and physical health. Strong social networks and friendships may lengthen longevity, develop a healthier brain, survive cancer and heart disease better, as well as getting fewer colds, according to an Australian study.
Without friendship, the world would be a dismal place, as friends give you a reason to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Learning to maintain a friendship can be an important skill that will help you get through life. There are six main standards for maintaining a friendship: honesty, repair, effort, compassion, avoiding assumptions and expectation, and appreciation.
Honesty “Honesty is the best policy,” as Benjamin Franklin once said. This is true in the case of maintaining a friendship. It is the most important element in friendship. If honesty is present throughout a friendship, it removes a large potential for worry and too much anxiety is never good for your health.
It will also contribute to your happiness during times of depression. Honest friends would give you the best advice that’ll help build you up during times, even though their advice may seem harsh. Even though “white lies” can make people feel better, constructive criticism is the key to success.
Everyone in the world has a few really good friends, these friends would do anything for you. Friendship has been shown throughout history in the form of stories, poems, and novels. In the book, The Three Musketeers, you find yourself reading about the friendship and the adventures that four men have. These friends supported each other when the times were bad and they pulled each other up when they were down.
The first example of friendship concerns M. D’Artagnan, D’Artagnan’s father, and M’Treville, the leader of the musketeers. Their friendship trickles down to D’Artagnan, helping him in gaining membership in the musketeers. “‘I respected your father very much’ said he ‘What can I do for the son? and from time to time you can call upon me just to tell me how you re going on and say whether I can be of further service to you.’” This quote show’s that since M’Treville respected M. d’Artagnan, and how he would gladly be of service to his son, thereby continuing the friendship to the son.
Another example of friendship is the on between D’Artagnan, Porthos, Athos, and Aramis, this is shown throughout the book. It all started when d’Artagnan was pursuing the man from Meung and ran into Athos, who was freshly wounded in a small skirmish with the Cardinal’s Guards. D’Artagnan asked Athos to pardon him and let him be on his way but Athos being the brave and gallant musketeer, demanded a better apology, D’Artagnan was very insulted by this so he challenged Athos to a duel at twelve o’clock.
The D’Artagnan ran towards the door, in the process of exiting, he ran into Porthos who was just entering the door, while talking to a fellow musketeer. D’Artagnan asked once again to be forgiven for his mistake, but Porthos also wanted a better apology. Once again d’Artagnan was insulted. They then set up a duel for one o’clock.
Following that incident, D’Artagnan had lost sight of the man he was chasing, so he started to go home. He noticed that a musketeer had dropped his handkerchief. He informed the musketeer of the handkerchief, but little did D’Artagnan know that the musketeer had dropped the handkerchief on purpose. By informing Aramis and his companions of the handkerchief, D’Artagnan had compromised Aramis’ honor. When one’s honor is compromised, you set up a duel. They set up a duel for two o’clock.
When the clock struck twelve, D’Artagnan was at the place where the first duel was to take place. As soon as they crossed swords, five of the Cardinal’s best guards showed up. Since dueling was against the law, the guards confronted the musketeers. D’Artagnan sided with the musketeers and bested two out of the five guards. From that point on, all four of them were the closest of friends.
“On their side, the three musketeers were much attached to their young comrade. The friendship which united these four men, and they want they felt of seeing each other three or four times a day? caused them to be continually running after on anther like shadows.” This quote shows how close the four men had grown to each other. I have many friends that I do the above quite often with. Seeing each other four or five times a day, having an urge to just be around each other.
Usually if one of my good friends doesn’t have enough money for something, I would spot him some cash. This was very true with the three musketeers and D’Artagnan. While the four were going some very hard times financially, they banded together and scammed meals off of other people. For example: When Porthos went to a friend’s house who had offered to give him dinner, Porthos brought along the other three companions and their servant’s to be fed too. By doing this the four friends were able to survive some of the bad times and pull each other through.
The clich? “One for all and all for one” originated from The Three Musketeers This holds very true throughout the book. The four friends would always stick up for one another and help each other out as much as possible. Like the time when some guards were searching for D’Artagnan, Athos posed as D’Artagnan and went to jail for him. If that is doing anything for a friend, I don’t know what is.
At the end of the book, the three musketeers uncover a plot of immense proportions. When Milady de Winter killed Madame Bonacieux, they all felt the pain and sadness that d’Artagnan felt. The three musketeers helped revenge Bonacieux’s life. This is where true friendship really kicks in. I don’t think any of my friends would help me kill a person but D’Artagnan friends did.
These four men pulled through times that were bad and enjoyed the good. Throughout your life, you find that friends are there whenever you need them. I hope in your life you might have friends as good as the musketeers were. “All for one, and one for all”
Example #8 – The Role of Friendship in My Life
Friendship is an important part of life. It is considered to be the bond that connects humans to each other. I’m going to tell you the story about my friend. When I first stepped into the class, everyone turned their eyes on me because I was late while the teacher was taking attendance. Saying “Hi” to her, I got to my seat with embarrassment. To my left sat a brown-eyed girl who seemed quite slim and short.
The most out-standing feature I noticed was her cute round face with thin pink lips. As soon as I learned her name which was Katy, we quickly became friends. As time passed, our friendship grew and grew every day. I learned many things about her like her talented drawing skill, her hobby and etc… When the first test was turned to us, we both received poor grades. I was so sad that my parents would be disappointed at me but then I saw a comforting smile on Katy’s face.
She said: “Oh! We got such a poor grade. Well, I guess we both have to try harder from now on. There is still a long way to go so we have chances to fix those grades”. Suddenly, I felt all the depression disappeared as the corner of my lips curved to shape a smile. Although her grade was poorer than mine, I felt ashamed that I thought negatively instead of positively like her. She was such a lovely girl and a great friend.
Since that day, I had always tried assisting her in any way I can. Like one time, I helped her do homework because she was absent the day before so she did not know what to do. Still, I felt that it wasn’t enough to offset her. After about 4 months of hard work, we finally reached the final tests of the first semester. It was hard but somewhat manageable.
In the end, my result was better than I expected. I was so proud of myself that I wanted to show the report card to anyone I met. However, I immediately felt the sadness wash over me as soon as my eyes laid on my best friend’s impression. Staring at her report card, she looked so devastated that as if she trapped in her own mind. At that moment, I barely recognized Katy since all the enthusiasm and cheerful personality vanished and what left was none other than the depression and dullness in her look.
It reminded me of the day when our first tests were given back to us. Glancing at Katy’s report card, I was a pity for my best friend. I comforted her as I pulled out the smile on my lips: “Hey! Feeling disappointing will change nothing unless you brush off the depressing thoughts and try to improve your grade in the second semester.
We have just only finished the first semester. ” I continued: “We have plenty of chances to raise the average grades through exams until the end of May. You must know that if you need a hand, you are welcome to ask me anytime. We are friends after all “. As soon as I finished, Katy looked at me with hopeful eyes and spoke with a quite hoarse voice: “You know, I felt that I am one of the luckiest girls who have such an amazing friend like you”.
Hearing the quote, I did not know what to do but hug her. Ever since that day, we had become more studious as we come through many tests with higher grades. At the same time, our friendship was unbreakable and wouldn’t be faded. On the last day at school, we stood proudly on the stage with the certificate of the progress of grade 10 in hands.
All the hard work had been paid off. Now, we are still in the same class, the same desk, continuing our journey to universities. As you can see, friendship plays a very important role in our lives. It helps us to seek meaningful purposes and to conquer the difficulties in our lives. That’s why we have to treasure our friendships.
Example #9 – True Friendship
Friendship is one of the most precious gifts of life. A person who has a true friend in life is lucky enough friendship makes life thrilling. It makes life a sweet and pleasant experience. Friendship is true, an asset in life. It can lead us to success or doom. It all depends on how we choose our friends.
True friendship is a feeling of sharing and caring for one another. It is a feeling that someone understands and appreciates you as who you are, without exaggeration and pretensions. It gives you the feeling that you are ‘wanted’ and that you are ‘someone’ and not a faceless being in the crowd. A true friend stands by you thick and thin. A true friendship has no boundaries of caste, creed, or race.
We need to select our friends very carefully. We have to remember the maxim “All that glitters is not gold’’. In the same manner, we must not be moved by the apparent show of friendship. Many remain with us in the likeness of friends and lead us to the wrong path. Today, the younger generation is a nuisance mainly due to the wrong choice of friends. Friends are something we rely on as humans. They are there on our worst days, and even on our bests.
We even consider some of our long-lost siblings. We can’t ignore the fact that two humans are brought together based on the strong connection between the two. Since the cons of old friends have only been stated so far something is needed to balance the two out. Both old friends and even new friends share is the chance to make everlasting memories. From the memory of the first meeting that can be remembered years later.
New friends will be there for us in the future, and old friends will always be there for us. New friends will gradually become old friends, another batch will take its place revealing the cycle of friendship. Some may disagree and say that an old friend has more importance than making new friends. Which may be true in some cases. But as the years pass we spread away, and grow from our old habits. At times, our liking changes over and so does our interests and experience.
Old friends and new friends will leave imprints on our lives forever no matter what. We need both new friends and old friends in our lives to keep things balanced, and interesting. New friends satisfied the desire for new experiences, and interest, while old friends remained, are our constant “rock” or in this case our “gold”.
Let’s look back at this quote, “Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.” Friends aren’t something that can be measured in elements, it’s a relationship that’s measured in value. The best type of friendship, are the ones that nurture you and help you grow over time to become a more comfortable person. Therefore, it’s okay to keep your old friends but never be afraid to branch out and meet new friends. Because one of them may unexpectedly change your life for the better.
Example #10 – Art and Friendship: the Role of Art in Bringing People Together
Past and present generations have manipulated artistic expressions to improve their social existence by making friends and traversing the world. Among the artists that have exhibited the social significance of art, including Tina Modotti, an Italian photographer, model, actress, and political activist.
Born in 1896 in Udine Italy, Tina Modotti begun her creativity in photography to create social awareness on issues that affected societies before migrating to the U. S at 16 to improve her artistic influence. Through her plays, poetry, and modeling activities, Modotti shows how individuals can use art to make friends and create social settings that appreciate people concerning their uniqueness and abilities.
Through her photographic work such as the Worker’s Hands, Modotti shows how people can form enduring relationships with colleagues and modify their social setting to support and appreciate each other. While Modotti’s activities focus on art and friendship, other available options include using art to appreciate the feminine gender regarding her collaboration with other female artists to address various societal issues as illustrated by Nehamas.
Other available topics include Art as a Political tool regarding her engagements in political movements and demonstrations to voice different concerns and Art for economic sustenance regarding its sustainability. Following earlier investigations, among the arguments that the essay can address include the role of art in bringing people together and using art to shun vices in society.
According to Somerville (168), art is an important tool for uniting people in different settings. For instance, ancient generations used creative art centers such as theatres to organize people who shared similar views about art to prepare them for a particular course regarding their concerns. Consequently, art is significant in addressing societal vices such as violence that dominate current communities.
Similar to Menotti’s partner Mella who was assassinated for voicing injustices in the community, Somerville explains that many people have fallen victims of oppressive forces. Hence, identifying and exposing individuals or groups that promote such forms of violence is crucial for restoring the role of art in creating peaceful and supportive societies.
Among the controversial interpretations that surround the topic include the types of companionship that art can create among individuals. While art and friendship refer to the mutual understanding that two are more artists’ exhibits with each other or societies, it can also refer to the process of establishing movements comprising of people with a similar view regarding occurrences in their surroundings.
In addition to creating movements, Scott explains that people can also manipulate art to form groups such as photographers and actors to counter issues affecting their societies as far as their views and abilities are concerned. Further, artists can manipulate their creativity to find intimate companions with whom they share common perceptions about the world and form families that champion for the importance of art in their communities and the entire world.
The historian’s views concerning art and friendship have evolved overtime to portray the discipline as a crucial tool in forming enduring relationships in societies. According to Scott, art not only brings people together but also enables them to find a common purpose regarding their concerns.
Additionally, Historians perceive art as a means of exploring people’s characters and behaviors in different societies to praise the good and shun the bad ones. Consequently, historians currently perceive art as a form of language that individuals with similar views can use to address various issues in their societies.
There is a type bond that is made between a set of people who want to go farther than being just acquaintances. A healthy friendship contains respect, people who respect each other by means of equal fashion. Friends should often care about the well-being of the other person.
Many friendships also include acts, whether they are acts of kindness that work towards the best interest of the other without requiring materialistic items in return. A healthy friendship also contains honesty. An act of kindness between friends can be seen when a young man who recently broke up with the girlfriend he was living with at that time and had nowhere else to go.
The man’s one buddy, who ended up discovering that his friend was on the verge of being homeless decided to go over and help him move out of his house into his house. The man’s friend did not offer his assistance in the matter because he was asked but rather because it was the right thing to do at the time.
He never asked for anything in return because he was helping a friend and it’s the correct thing to do when you or someone you know needs help the most. Another example of this type of occurrence is when you are walking down the street and you take notice to somebody struggling carrying something, you out of common courtesy ask if they need help. They may not always take it but they will appreciate the thought.
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True friendship is always without a cause. If there is a cause, it is just an association, not a friendship. And there is a great difference between association and friendship.
If two persons are traveling by a common route, they can come together and become friendly to each other – but it is not friendship. Reaching their destination they will part company. Friendship based on a common addiction is like the friendship between fellow travelers. It is friendship in name only.
The truth is that friendship always happens between persons of opposite orientations. The opposite attracts, is the rule. The more opposite two persons are, the deeper their friendship. In fact, opposites are not really opposites, they are complementary to each other.
Because of it, you will rarely find two equally intelligent persons making friends; if they do they will only quarrel and wrangle over every conceivable issue. An intelligent person will find a stupid partner to join him in friendship, so they complement each other.
Two powerful persons will not make friends; not even two persons having the same skills. You will rarely come across two poets or two painters as intimate friends. If two poets become friends, the cause of friendship will be something other than poetry. Maybe they drink together or gamble together, but then it is an association and not friendship.
Psychologists believe if there is an intimate friendship between two men, deep down it is a homosexual relationship. Similarly, they think of any such intimacy between two women to be homosexual. You will find it difficult to agree with the psychologists, but there is some element of truth in what they say. It has been observed that more or less everyone misses the intimate friendship of his early years for the test of his life because there is a phase of a homosexual relationship in everyone’s life in his adolescence.
Before they get interested in the opposite sex boys get interested in boys and girls in girls. In fact, before they attain sexual maturity there is not much difference between a boy and a girl as far as sex is concerned. So boys become interested in boys and girls in girls. For this reason, friendships struck in the early years are so enduring.
After they attain sexual maturity, boys and girls who are psychologically natural and normal begin to take interest in the opposite sex. Then they become what psychologists call heterosexual. Old relationships are forgotten and new intimacies with the opposite sex begin to build up.
Of course, about twenty to thirty percent of young men and women remain fixed at their adolescence, which means their psychological age is stuck at fourteen years. It means they are not growing psychologically; they are stunted and sick and need psychotherapy.
If a young woman of twenty-five continues to be interested in members of her own sex, if she refuses to take interest in some young men, there is certainly something wrong with her psyche and she needs treatment. It does not mean that now they will not enter into friendship with any members of their own sex; they will — but it will be a kind of association, it can. not be a real friendship.
Two men or women will be friends if they are members of the same club – say the Rotary Club, or if they subscribe to the same political ideology – say communism, or they are disciples of the same guru. But these relationships can never have the depth and intimacy of the early years.
Well to me, friendship is something that you can talk to. Something that will always be there for you thru good and bad times. Something you can argue w/ but the next day laugh about it. Something that protects you and will never harm you.
A friendship is a bond between you and someone or something (person, animal, toy, God,etc..) To me if you ever need a friend or feel you don’t have one, the MAN upstairs is always there for you he is Friendship.
Friendship is a hard question and an even harder to answer. Well, a good friendship is when you are in a strong relationship with someone and you can still be yourself. You can trust them with your life and they will do everything in their power to help you.
Will not just be your friend in order to use you but because they like you. The list goes on but the best definition is someone who knows the answer to the question in your heart before you ask it and can sit in silence and feel like you have had the best conversation.