Community and friends

I spent 4 days this week in the south of England where much of the land is flooded. There was and still is, so much water on the fields that the rivers will rise for some time and many homes will remain flooded for longer. But communities are working together to help each other, making sure that everyone has supplies of food and water. And this is how it should be. You don’t have to be a friend to help someone. But what is a friend?

According to the dictionary a friend is someone you like and trust and with whom you have a bond of mutual affection. Nowadays we sort our friends into groups, close friends, friends and those we call acquaintances. On social networking sites we all have many friends but many of these we have never met face to face or talked to on the phone. I have known many friends over the years and to me a true friend is someone who you trust and who will support you when times are bad without any thought of something in return. Many of my current friends are really only acquaintances, people I know and like but do not spend time with. How do you define the word friend and do you divide your friends into groups such as close friends and acquaintances? Would you help someone who did not fall into any of these categories? Do you feel that social networking sites are changing the way we live and the way we choose our friends?



(The photo was taken in the shopping centre in Salisbury and the water is the river overflow which is normally dry.)