What Does Friendship Mean to You?
Mr Brooks, Martin, Robert and Jean are being interviewed on subject of friendship. Mr BROOKS: I consider friendship to be one of the most important things in
life-whatever your status, married or single. I see too many lonely people
around. A lot of us get so involved with material values, family problems,
'keeping up with the Joneses,' etc. , that we forget the real meaning
INTERVIEWER: Which is what., according to you?
R BROOKS: They say `a friend in need is a friend.indeed' which is partly true, but a
real friend should also be able to share your happy moments- without feeling
jealous. A good friendship is one where you accept and forgive faults,
understand moods, and don't feel hurt if a friend doesn't feel like seeing
you. Of course, honesty is an essential part of any reIationship. We
should learn to accept our friends for what they are.
INTERVIEWER: As a married man, do you find your frier ships are only with other men?
MR BROOKS: Of course not! Both my wife and I have m and women friends-thank goodness.
ALthouhg family life is fulfilling, it isn't nough! Both my wife and I get
tremendc satisfaction from our friends, married a single, male and
female-and we both ha our separate friends too. We'd get bored with each
other if we had the same friends!
INTERVIEWER: You must have a full life.
MR BROOKS: We certainly do! And as I say, our friends give us a lot of pleasure. After
all, friends should not be people with whom .you kill time. Real friendship,
in my opinion, is a 'spiritually developing' experience.(Martin, Robert and
Jean are being interviewed on the subject of friendship. )
INTERVIEWER: How important are friends to you, Martin?
MARTIN: I've never had a lot of friends. I've never regarded them as particularly
important.Perhaps that's because I come from a big famil Two brothers
and three sisters. And lots cousins. And that's what's really important me.
My family. The different members of my family. If you really need help,
you get from your family, don't you? Well, at least that's what I've always
INTERVIEWER: What about you, Jean?
JEAN: To me friendship... having friends, people I know I can really count on...
to me that's the most important thing in life. It's more important even than .
love If you love someone, you can always fall out of love again , and that
can leadto a lot of hurt feelings , bitterness, and so on. But a good a
friend is a friend for life.
INTERVIEWER: And what exactly do you mean by a friend?
JEAN: Well, I've alreadys said, someone you know you can count on. I suppose what I
really mean is... let's see, how am I going to put this . . . it's someone who
wili help you if you need help, who'il listen to you when you talk about you
problems... someone you can trust.
INTERVIEWER: What do you mean by a friend, Robert?
ROBERT: Someone who likes the same things that you
do, who you can argue with and not lose your temper, even if you don't always
agree about things. I mean someone who you don't have to talk to
all the time but can be silent with perhaps. That's important, too.
You can just sit together and not say very much sometimes. Just relax.
I don't like people who talk all the time.
INTERVIEWER: Are you very good at keeping in touch with your friends if you don't see
ROBERT: No, not always. I've lived in lots of piaces,
and , to be honest , once I move away I often do drift out of touch with my or
friends. And I'm not a very good letter writer, either. Never have been. But
I know that if I saw those friends again, if I ever moved back to the same
place, for some other reason we got back into close contact again, I'm sure
the friendship would be just as strong as it was before.
JEAN: Several of my friends have moved away, got married, things like that. One
of my friends has had a baby recently, and I'll admit I don't see her or
hearfrom her as much as I uesd to.... She lives in another neighbourhood and
whenI phone her, she always seems busy. But that's an exception. I write a
lot of letters to my friends and get a lot of letters from them. I have a
friend I went to school with and ten years ago she emigrated to Canada,
but she still writes to me every mom and I write to her just as often.
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