“Those who wish for good things for their friends for their own sake are friends most of all, since they are that way for themselves and not incidentally; so the friendship of these people lasts as long as they are good, and virtue is enduring.” – Aristotle
My idea of friendship is a bond that consists of mutual trust, constructive interaction, and moral support. Through friendship we encourage one another to be the best version of ourselves. We remind each other when we have gone off course, or are no longer living in accordance to our principles. That is we help each other to live with integrity and purpose.
Friendship is also a means to keep the heart warm and provide a sense of belonging and connection in a world that can sometimes appear chaotic and meaningless. Much more can be said here, however, it is my preference to hear your thoughts on the nature of friendship. What makes it good, meaningful or significant for you?
The following verse provides a somewhat lofty yet grounding rendition of this kind of unity. Being transcendent in tone – the centre stanza provides an orientation and middle ground by which friendship can turn. It is the language of the heart that somehow trumps our intellect in this context.
The Gift of Friendship
Let us traverse this earth together
So that our longings may never be in vain
That our souls may be as one forever
To shoulder each other’s burden and pain
Let us soar this endless night
So that our hearts might remember the way
Before the sun gave its light
And splendour was turned into day
Let us imagine this eternal rest
So that our love might be renewed
To perpetually strive to give our best
In accord to our natural aptitude
By Jason Youngman
Summer of 2019