“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.” –C. S. Lewis
After asking you’re thoughts about this quote, here are mine. I saw this quote at the end of a co-workers email and I copied it because I liked it right away. After reading and re-reading it, however, I agree and disagree with this quote.
I agree that frienships give value to survival, just like art does. Friends make us laugh when we’re down, they listen when we need to vent, they give us grace and truth at just the right times. They come to our side when we are lonely. I can’t imagine a life without friends.
Which leads me to disagree that friendships are unnecessary to survival. Sure, all you really need to physically survive is food and water. But we’re not just physical beings, we have an emotional component as well. Life without friendship is loneliness. Lonely people often become depressed or are already depressed. And a person who’s lonely and doesn’t have any friends may end their life.
I often hear of elderly couples who’ve been married over 65 years. When one spouse passes away, the other passes a few months later. The surviving spouse doesn’t want to be alone.
Remember the movie “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks. He was stranded on the island all alone, and after a couple of years alone he tried to hang himself, unsuccesfully. He was friendless, alone, lonely. He didn’t want to survive anymore.
Now, I’m no theologian (if you are correct me if I’m wrong) but I do know that God created us to be in fellowship with others, to get to know other people. God decided it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone so he created Eve. Adam needed companionship and friendship. Obviously God knew that friendship is necessary to survival.
We’re not meant to be alone. A person won’t survive very long without friends. I believe friendships are absolutely neccessary for survival!
I also disagree that art is unnecessary to survival. But that’s another post for another time.