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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Is friendship something natural or cultural?

[Daria and Jane from Daria
Image source: Outpost Daria]

At the end of the day, we’re still human. Our emotions can’t and won’t replace one great friend with 100 acquaintances; it’s simply impossible to create the same feeling, endorphins, etc. and will probably inevitably lead to depression of at least sub-par enjoyment of life.

Is friendship something natural or cultural? We are led to answer that friendship is something natural but by living 'immersed' in a different culture, a brand new one to me, I understand more and more that this is something absolutely and exclusively cultural. That what we consider natural or logical or discounted is actually something purely cultural, due to customs, traditions and established ways of thinking.

My concept of friendship is completely different from the concept of friendship of people around me. Both are perfectly valid and 'correct', but definitely incompatible. This implies a series of very interesting questions.
What does it means living in a different culture? What does it means not being able to decipher the signals that others send us? What does it means having no idea what people around us are going to do or what kind of reaction they're going to have?

Unfortunately I can't answer to these questions. Have you asked yourself something similar? Did you find an answer?


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