• August 22, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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I recently read the book - 'Here and Now' - correspondence between the authors John M. Coetzee and Paul Auster, which had an interesting exchange about 'friendship' in it. Coetzee says:" I have been thinking about friendships, how they arise, why they last - some of them - so long, longer than the passionate attachments of which they are sometimes (wrongly) considered to be pale imitations. - - - Friendship, it would seem, remains a bit of a riddle: we know it is important, but as to why people become friends and remain friends we can only guess."

I keep coming back to these letters and thoughts on friendship. We all need friends, have friends, crave friendship because we are social beings. How does friendship work ? And how has 'having friends' changed since we now can have hundreds of Facebook-friends at the click of a button ? Do social media help us make friends or do our friendships become more anonymous and superficial because of them ? Has the quality of friendship changed ? Is friendship a commodity ? Is it more important than love ? Is it it the same as love ?

What are your thoughts and experiences ?

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  • Christopher James P.

    Enjoyable and enlightening. Great to hear so many interesting ideas on an important topic. Very convivial.

    1 · August 24, 2013

  • Maureen

    Rewarding and meaningful in a relaxing and accepting atmosphere.

    August 23, 2013

  • Carol S.

    Relaxed, meaningful discussion. thought we touched on many aspects of friendship, helped along nicely by Ziggy's prep work!

    August 22, 2013

  • Ziggy

    It was warm, deep, relaxed and friendly - I enjoyed this meeting a lot. Thanks everyone for being there and making it like this.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Ziggy

    Sweet clip that Ginni sent to me. Pertinent to the topic ☺ :

    August 19, 2013

  • Lee

    Sorry to pull out (again)...didn't realise Swan Lake tickets were for same night! Will get there one day :)

    August 19, 2013

  • Lee

    Friendship is prominent in my mind today, just had to farewell a dear colleague and friend who has sadly left this world....wasn't ready to say goodbye.

    August 14, 2013

  • Virginia M.

    so sorry to have to miss this one!

    August 14, 2013

  • Maureen

    Friendship supports us through the ups and downs of life, we make friends through mutual shared interests, experiences built on commonly shared values, beliefs, humour, it is a need within everyone to have friendship.

    August 14, 2013

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