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The dwindling presence of friendship in life

The dwindling presence of friendship in life

  • Life-long friends make new life choices, drift apart.
  • The career mindedness, the self optimization, the adventures, the travel, the trying to survive in desirable places to live which become comically expensive to do so — all of it has left us very tired.
  • Difficult to make true friends after entering 30s
  • Friendship fizzling into WhatsApp volleys back and forth.


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Modern loneliness masks itself as hyper connectivity. And so people have easily 1000 virtual friends, but no one they can ask to feed their cat. That loneliness, which is really a depletion of the social capital, is extremely powerful.



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Friendship - The necessary friction

Friendship - The necessary friction

  • Friendships are, by their very nature, made of friction - it takes effort to know what is going on in someone’s day-to-day life and to show up for them when they maybe a vulnerable anxious mess — this is all friction.
  • Friction is not just interrupting your day or life to help out a friend, but also admitting you need the kind of help you cannot pay for or order yourself.
  • But only then, returns could be expected from them, for when your own self gets vulnerable, anxious and messy.


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Symptom of a larger problem - Social Atrophy

Symptom of a larger problem - Social Atrophy

  • Modern life has brought us closer, nay made dependent, on technology and gadgets.
  • Modern technopolis has replaced humans with technological solutions to the problem of a lone self.
  • People living in their atomised technological fiefdoms - the way a hardcore capitalistic society expects them to be, to be able to sell more.
  • The essential skill of social negotiation learned on the streets during unscripted, un-choreographed, unmonitored interaction with people is slowly getting lost.
  • Social muscles are being atrophied.


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We’ve come through 75 years where having neighbors was essentially optional: if you had a credit card, you could get everything you needed to survive dropped off at your front door. But the next 75 years aren’t going to be like that; we’re going to need to return to the basic human experience of relying on the people around you.



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We animals, need to be more social, the way we have evolved till now

We animals, need to be more social, the way we have evolved till now

  • It’s crucial to remember we are not machines.
  • Be willing to talk or engage with people who don’t share the carefully calibrated views that we broadcast online.
  • In addition to making the effort with friends — new, old, promising acquaintances — and asking for the kind of help and support we need, as well as providing it in return.
  • We need to make changes to regain the capacity to show up for these kinds of interactions and relationships.


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The dip in friendship is a critical symptom of a larger social problem.

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