Why you may not have a friend

Reading C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Four Loves” I came across a nugget that must be shared. Lewis writes:

We picture lovers face to face but friends side by side; their eyes look ahead.

That is why those pathetic people who ‘simply want friends’ can never make any. The very condition of having friends is that we should want something else beside friends. Where the truthful answer to the question Do you see the same truth? would be “I see nothing and I don’t care about truth; I want only a friend,” no friendship can arise…. There would be nothing for the friendship to be about; and friendship must be about something, even if it were enthusiasm for dominoes or white mice.

Those who have nothing can share nothing; those who are going nowhere can have no fellow-travelers.”

Take a minute to process this. Then I’d love to hear your thoughts. E-mail me (thepaulpeterson@gmail.com) or post your comments out loud on this blog or facebook. What do you think about this?


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