What does Bacon say about friendship in his essay “Of Friendship”?
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He says that we need friends in order to survive; we begin to die when we do not have friends. When we have friends we can face things in life with courage and bravery. We can stand in life.
First and foremost we are social animals. Social animals need each other in order to survive. Bacon also says that one of the most important things a good friend can do for us is to cheer us up when we are down and comfort us when we are afflicted.
He said this was an ancient friendship law. It is still a very good friendship law. It is still a law that works very well. When someone cares enough about us to cheer us up when we are down and to comfort us when we are afflicted it creates an enormous sense of value in our souls. It makes us feel like family. It gives us a sense of belonging. It is a priceless gift.
We will be eternally grateful for such a friendship. Even if the friendship is one-sided, as long as the other person knows how to cheer us up and to comfort us it will still create a deep sense of value in our souls.
Summary of Of Friendship