Saturday, November 17, 2012

About Friends

To compensate for the lack of a post today and to push off my "post old journals" project, here's an entry about friends I wrote a few years ago. Enjoy :D

How should people know people?

Should they be 'close'? Do you have to know everything about them?

Their past, present, and future?
Their talents, skills, and abilities?
Their likes and dislikes. Their favorites?
Their character, moods, and attitudes?
The way they think, feel, and experience?

What is it to know?

Knowledge is information. And information is in large quantities today, but the information
we need is still in rare and pure.

It is hard to know the truth.

Mere communication and analysis is not enough to realize what reality is. In the end, only
by believing do you make it real for yourself. But reality is not what we believe. It is.

How much do you have to believe? How much do you have to know?

Do friends progress in their friendship from gaining knowledge of each other?


Friends are not "knowledge buddies." They do not befriend each other because they want to know
more about the other person. Literature critics know all about the characters in books, but
they are not friends.

O.E. freond, prp. of freogan "to love, to favor," from P.Gmc. *frijojanan "to love"
(cf. O.N. fr�ndi, O.Fris. friund, M.H.G. friunt, Ger. Freund, Goth. frijonds "friend,"
all alike from prp. forms). Related to O.E. freo "free." Meaning "a Quaker" (a member of the
Society of Friends) is from 1670s. Feond ("fiend," originally "enemy") and freond often were
paired alliteratively in O.E.; both are masculine agent nouns derived from prp. of verbs, but
are not directly related to one another. Related: Friends. As a verb, in the Facebook sense,
attested from 2005.

Friends are people you favor.

Friends are people you love.

You are free to choose your friends.

Mat 22:39  "...And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself."