Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Friendship (1841) by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The book (maybe a booklet? Since its only 55 pages) is old and sometimes hard to read—old English. But the basic idea of this book is this: the two foundations of friendship are 1) Truth, and 2) Tenderness. And if I can summaries it in one word, it will be - love. Yesterday, I spent time with my good friends, and it confirms that these foundations are right and crucial!

Ralph Waldo, a philosopher, and a poet wrote, "The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship." Overall, I think Waldo's ideal friendship is a bit too high and too grandiose. Nevertheless, in today's hyper-connected society, excellent and trustful friends are hard to get. If you have one or two, you're blessed indeed. I thank God for my friends! 😊⚡📖

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