Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Art of FRIENDSHIP

TYPES OF FRIENDSHIP 
BENEFICIAL FRIENDSHIP AND HARMFUL FRIENDSHIP
A Philosophical Approach to Life
By
VIKRAM KARVE

I invest in books. 
 
Just like some other investments, where one invests and forgets about it for years, sometimes I buy a book and may not read it for years.

Whenever I buy a book, I always write the date and place of purchase. 
 
This morning while I was cleaning my bookcase, I came across a book titled A Source Book in Chinese Philosophy which I had picked up on 26 Jan 2003 at the annual Strand Book Fair at Churchgate Mumbai. 

I opened a random page and here is the gem of ancient wisdom that I read the following words about types of Friendship:

Confucius said:
 
There are

Three kinds of Friendship which are Beneficial

and

Three kinds of Friendship which are Harmful


3 Types of BENEFICIAL FRIENDSHIPS

1. Friendship with the Upright 

2. Friendship with the Truthful

3. Friendship with the well-informed 

These three types of friendship is BENEFICIAL


3 Types of HARMFUL FRIENDSHIPS

1. Friendship with those who flatter and yes-men who will lead you up the garden path

2. Friendship with those who are meek and are so weak that they compromise with their principles 

3. Friendship with those who talk cleverly

These three types of friendship are HARMFUL 

So, Dear Reader, while selecting your friends, bear in mind the above analect of Confucius and choose your friends with care.

Invest in beneficial friendships and make good friends

and 

Avoid harmful friendships with those who can cause you harm.  

Well, I always believe that it is best to have a philosophical approach to life. 

So I am going to read this book of ancient wisdom. 

And, from time to time, I will share with you some gems of ancient wisdom with you in my blog.

VIKRAM KARVE
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram Karve has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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