Friendship a requirment of a life

Friendship is a wonderful experience. A person without friends is an unfortunate being. All of us need friends to console us when we are unhappy, to cheer up when we are depressed, to help us when we are in need and to be with us when we are happy. The joys of friendship are many. With a small set of good friends around, one feels at home in this world. A friendless person is always lonely and sad. He cannot see much meaning in the life around him. It may be said that friendship is even better then love. And it is more difficult too.

When we are young we consider anybody, we know as our friend. We are not very strict about the use of the term. With years the number of friends decreases. We become cautious. We begin to have certain ideas about friendship. Just anybody cannot be our friend. We want good friends.

Who is a good friend? Does it mean that he should have no fault? Does it mean that he should be a good man? What are the qualities of good friend? It seems to me that the expression “A Good Friend” is a relative term. A friend who is (good) for me may not be good for you. Very often it happens that we cannot tolerate one another’s friends. I say to my friend, how on earth can you be so intimate with so and so? This means that we may not agree upon the qualities which will entitle a man to be good. Certainly the task of defining a good friend is very difficult.

But we will not attempt a definition. All we shall do is to mention those qualities which are, perhaps, common to all friends. As we have said above we are rather strict in the use of the term friend. In our sense anybody we know need not be a friend. It is spiritual relationship. The core of the substance is that friendship is in some ways very much similar to it, sometimes tender but sometimes there is happiness in that soreness.  

By Rehana khan(111/10)


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