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 ?