What does Friendship mean
The word friendship comes from the Latin terms amicĭtas and amicus (derived from amore [amar]), what mean “good relations” and “friend” or “confidant” respectively.
Friendship is an affective relationship that develops between two or more people and one of the most popular and important sociability methods among human beings. It’s not an exclusive relationship of people, you can develop a strong connection with pets and call them your friends.
When you have a friend away you always feel some melancholy
There are also studies that indicate the existence of animal species that build societies whose development goes beyond the behaviors predetermined by nature. Chimpanzees are an example of this, they tickle, hug, clap, among other spontaneous actions that require some sympathy for the other.
On the other hand, friendship doesn’t only develop in a relationship of friends, but also in other aspects of the social life of man. All love relationships, compromises and marriages should establish a friendship so that their relationship is much healthier and prettier.
In the same way in families, siblings, cousins and other filial bonds should develop a friendship to have a fuller life.
It’s very difficult to define the reasons or the moments in which a friendship is born because it’s an emotional relationship, so it’s very complicated to determine quantitative or descriptive factors.
In addition, at the time of studying friendship, opinions are often too diverse and varied. It’s a theme in which is the answers are totally subjective and, sometimes, even volatile.
Humans are a very changing species and what they feel or think in a moment is not fixed or immovable. Opinions, emotions and feelings tend to change as life develops.
Even so, it’s said that a friendship is born when two or more people agree on certain interests or concerns and this allow people to establish some kind of bond. However, there are friends who don’t have many tastes in common and the relationship works.
The same happens with time, there are friendships that are harvested and take years to strengthen, while there are others that occur in a few minutes.
In this way, there are too many levels of friendship, as this occurs in different stages of life. Its importance and transcendence is totally subjective and depends on each person and their perception about it.
There must be differences between a best friend, friend, partner and even there is a relationship called “friends with benefits”. The latter refers to interpersonal bonds where people are not lovingly engaged, but they maintain some kind of bond or physical encounter that exceeds the limit of friendship.
Many studies agree that the general point of a friendship is to do good to each other and that it tends to be reciprocal in most cases. Friendship, for the most romantic is a very appreciated and important value, as well as being a practice where the “giving without expecting anything in return” is exercised which is so complex for some people.
Values that should be present in a friendship
It’s also said that friendship is a value or philosophy that is composed of other values. There are many qualities that are necessary or tend to be practiced in a relationship of friends.
However, the most important are: Respect, sympathy, loyalty, trust, honesty, empathy, understanding, sincerity, generosity, communication, gratitude, among many other values that strengthen affective relationships .
The International Day of Friendship
The proposal to celebrate this day was originally raised in Paraguay in 1958 by the World Friendship Crusade. However, it wasn’t until 2011 that the General Assembly of the United Nations decided that every July 30th International Friendship Day would be celebrated to tribute to this kind of affective relationship so important for humanity.
Even so, in some countries the date varies. Ecuador, El Salvador, the United States, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other nations celebrate it on February 14 in conjunction with Valentine’s Day (Day of Love and Friendship).
At Peru is celebrated the first Saturday of the month of July, at Colombia it’s the third Saturday of September, at Chile the first Friday of October and at Bolivia they celebrate it on July 23.
On the other hand, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay do so on July 20, which also commemorates the arrival of man to the moon in 1969. This act is supposed to represent, in some way, the “rapprochement” of all People on the planet.
Famous friends in art
There are many types of art that have used this type of relationship to make their works and characters stronger. In the literature, some of the most famous friendships have been Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (Miguel De Cervantes) and Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Arthur Conan Doyle).
On television, one of the most famous series in history is Friends and goes from the lives of six friends who live in the United States. Similarly, one of the most famous films of Disney is the Fox and the Hound and narrates the unconditional friendship between two animals. The same thing happens with The Lion King and other company films.
Steven Spielberg has a film called Amistad (friendship in spanish) released in 1997 and there are infinite films that cover the subject. In the same way, the plays and musical expressions also do their best about the theme.
Some famous quotes about Friendship
- The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. Hubert H. Humphrey
- Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace. Christie Brinkley
- My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me. Henry Ford
- There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas
- The strong bond of friendship is not always a balanced equation; friendship is not always about giving and taking in equal shares. Instead, friendship is grounded in a feeling that you know exactly who will be there for you when you need something, no matter what or when. Simon Sinek
- Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. Helen Keller
- .. is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything. Muhammad Ali
- A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. Walter Winchell
- It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend. Bill Watterson