Onedia has been writing about friendship this month. (Onedia, I'm making this post part of 'chatting over the fence' if that's ok with you.) In her post 'Nature of Friendship' she quotes C.S. Lewis on friendship...."Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival". This looks like a very negative statement I know. But to me the sentence that stood out was that friendship is "one of those things that give value to survival". How true that is. Why we survive one more day may have many reasons. But surely whatever makes that survival valuable is good, is beautiful! In fact, you could say philosophy and art are like that too--adding value to survival. If survival had no value, why would we want to survive?? I think maybe C.S. Lewis missed a point there--the things that go into giving value to survival are essential to our survival and relationships of all kinds are part of that.