Time has become the scarcest commodity of modern living. Man of this high-tech era has no time to eat, no time to sleep, no time to talk even with people at home. Everyone in the family is busy with something or other in the fast lifestyle of this modern world.
Today, life has become the fastest one. Images and fashions are translated across continents in the blink of an eye. Communication is faster than thinking. Everyone is running after something for survival. But his heart has become barren without love and mutual care. The rift between hearts is increasing day by day, increasing the number of divorces, abandoning innocent children without proper care. Humanity is pushed humanity into an abysmal isolation and depression. Sharing life with laughter in the families is becoming scarce. Meeting at least once in a day has become a think of the past.
Necessity of friendship
There is a saying in South India, “The ship that never sinks is friendship”. Researches reveal that the causes of most of the modern health problems such as heart attack, depression, and other lifestyle diseases and social problems such as divorce, homelessness, negligence of childcare and even poverty are nothing but the blocks in human relationships. They stress that all these problems occur due to ignoring the importance of friendship.
True friendship is the anchor of the society that protects human life from hopeless sinking. The great Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” Friendships between individuals as well as communities and nations are vital for their wellbeing.
Friendship can lead the society to a happy life
Modern British writer Mark Vernon supports the idea of the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus in quoting his words, “The noble man is most involved with wisdom and friendship.” In his book “The Philosophy of Friendship” he says that money does not buy happiness. He suggests that we should take the lead from Aristotle to spend at least a fifth of our time with our friends and he asks if children play with their friends with a care-free heart why is not possible when they become adults.
Vernon concludes that friendship cultivates the virtues, such as creativity and compassion, which are essential to a flourishing society and that if we cultivate friendship, we can “lift some of the burden from our apparently unhappy, isolated selves”.
An ancient saying, “A friend is a hand that is always holding your hand,” fits rightly to the modern life. Yes, modern computer world is badly in need of true friends.