Monday, July 05, 2010

Friendship: why money doesn't make the (entire) world go round

"[...] it is friendship that allows us to see that there is more than what the prevalent neoliberal discourse places before us as our possibilities. In a world often ruled by the dollar and what it can buy, friendship, like love, opens other vistas."

- Todd May, "Friendship in an Age of Economics".

This is an interesting article in the NYT from philosopher Todd May arguing that friendship reveals to us something we've known all along but are prone to forget in an age obsessed with economic activity: that the best bits of life are outside the economic sphere, within the realm of gift.

Friendships are more important than money. Trust is something that cannot be bought or sold, only nurtured or eroded, grown or destroyed.
"A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity." - Proverbs 17.17
H/T Mister Tim.