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Emerson. Friendship.

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There are few relationships as precious as friendship – real friendships that are nurtured and cared for and that last years, often a lifetime. Seneca reminds us of the gravity of friendship when he says, “Ponder for a long time whether you shall admit a given person to your friendship; but when you have decided to admit him, welcome him with all your heart and soul.” This is a far cry from Facebook, where accumulating as many “friends” as possible effortlessly with the click of a mouse seems to be the goal. And then there is the eloquence of Emerson on friendship: “Friendship is for aid and comfort through all the relations and passages of life and death. It is fit for secure days and graceful gifts, and country rambles, but also for rough roads and hard fare, shipwreck, poverty, and persecution. We are to dignify to each other the daily needs and offices of man’s life, and embellish it by courage, wisdom, and unity.”

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