Western philosophers have enthusiastically praised friendship.
In this connection no pun intendedcomputer whiz Zuckerberg and his best friend Eduardo Saverin, also a principal co-founder of Facebook, become embroiled in enough fights, including a nasty legal battle, to establish that there is not a single soul dwelling in their two bodies.
What do you think Aristotle would have to say about the meaning of—and path to—friendship that has come to popularize the new millennium?
Is it dying away? If so, what are the implications for life as we know it on this planet? Will we be more happy? Will it promote the kind of meaningful existence that Aristotle was seeking and advocating? As I have written in this blog many times before, the search for meaning is not only the primary intrinsic motivation of human beings, it is also a megatrend of the 21st century.
From such a meaning-focused perspective, where does friendship fit in? To be sure, I have more questions than answers, although there are some trends that are worthy of mention on the subject. In our post-modern society, there is evidence that while we have plenty of acquaintances, more and more of us have few individuals to whom we can turn and share our authentic selves, our deep intimacies.
Now how ironic is that? Parenthetically, this is an illustration of what I call in my book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, paradoxical intention or working against ourselves.
Stop and think, then, for a moment about the quality of friends that we may make on-line, such as via Facebook, and compare this quality of relationships with other kinds of friends with whom we have actual face-to-face contact—be it infrequent, work-related, social, and intimate, perhaps even loving.
Which of these contacts represent meaningful relationships and, by implication, true friendships? Which of these contacts, when all is said and done, really matters the most to you?
In addition to feeding your soul, you can feel a single soul dwelling in two bodies? In his classic work Ethics, Aristotle also offered the following ageless wisdom: It takes time and effort to build true friendships; relationships through which you are able and willing to disclose your authentic self—close thoughts, intimate feelings, and sensitive vulnerabilities including fears.
I also regularly use most of the social networking platforms mentioned, explicitly or implicitly, in this blog article. No, true friendships are the key to a flourishing, meaningful life, well-being, and a truly-connected society and world.
Now would you like to Facebook me?
Alex Pattakos is the author of Prisoners of Our Thoughts recently released in a second, revised and expanded edition and Dr. Elaine Dundon is author of The Seeds of Innovation www. Meaning," he is focused on bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life.A Social Story is a non-coercive approach that presents social concepts and rules to children in the form of a brief story.
This strategy could be used to teach a number of social and behavioral concepts, such as making transitions, playing a game, and going on a field trip. Jul 04, · Thus, the purpose of our study was to discover the role of friendship in heterosexual romantic relationships with a focus on the basic research tenets of heterosexual romantic friendships including trustworthiness, honesty, acceptance, and.
Friendship: some philosophical and sociological themes. Many people’s understanding of friendship in northern societies is rather thin. We explore some classical views of friendship, the development of theory and practice in ‘modern’ societies, and some key aspects of the current experience of friendship.
Nov 15, · True friendships, which admittedly are a blast from the past, are not simply a manifestation of what is being called “social connectivity” in social networking parlance. No, true friendships are the key to a flourishing, meaningful life, well-being, and a truly connected society and world/5(9).
Social media plays a critical role in connecting teens to new friends, allowing teens to learn more about new friends and get to know them better.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of teens who have made a new friend online say they have met new friends on a social media platform. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy.
Various academic theories of friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, relational dialectics, and attachment styles.