Ki Sisa: The Price Of Friendship
Does there always have to be an us and them?
Will there ever come a time when we will all be on the same side?
Should we even dare to dream that this day will ever come?
Close your eyes and think about meaningful moments in your life.
An experience which gave you a profound sense of fulfilment.
It will almost always involve one person adding genuine value to the well-being of someone in need.
It is the moment when two people acknowledge both their strengths and weaknesses, and connect as giver and receiver.
However, there are many challenges to building healthy partnerships.
For example: Are we fully aware of our weaknesses and limitations?
Do we really appreciate our strengths, and consequently, our responsibilities?
What about our ability to accurately evaluate both the strengths and weaknesses of others?
How do we even begin the journey of overcoming our biases and deep rooted insecurities?
The mystics explain that the world was intentionally designed by our creator to be incomplete.
From the smallest subatomic component of an atom, to the wisest of all men, we are all fundamentally deficient.
Each and every one of us need others to become complete.
It is why friendship is considered to be, not just an enhancement to life, but life itself.
The opposite is also true.
At the root of all evil is the belief that man was designed to be self sufficient.
The misplaced aspiration to a state of existence when we need no outside help in satisfying our basic needs.
Nothing can more harmful. Not just to society at large, but also to the very fabric of every type of relationship.
Can one be genuinely close to anyone if you don’t need them?
Or can anyone be close to you, if they don’t need you?
Friendship is about being vulnerable. There are no other alternatives.
And those who’ve experienced true friendship know it’s a price well worth paying.