Essay about Understanding A New Environment, And Our Immediate Instinct

819 Words Jun 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Enter a new environment, and our immediate instinct is to find connection with people. Think about the first time you set foot in Berklee that frenzied orientation week, or sitting along the corridor waiting restlessly for your audition. Not everyone always has the boldness or personality to take the initiative and make conversation right away, but it’s the natural human thing to do over time, to reach out to and seek out others who are like-minded. It’s pretty much a given that we are wired for relationship, and it manifests itself so regularly and so unconsciously we don’t really stop to give much thought to this innate priority of ours.

But maybe we should. I’d like to take a closer look at friendship.

If I were to ask the average person what the purpose of friendship is, they might typically come up with a list like this:

- Happiness
- Emotional health
- Character-building
- Self-awareness
- Understanding social norms

And so on.

The thing is that I think I would call those benefits, more like byproducts of friendship, and what having friends brings to our lives.

But what is the point of friendship, actually?

I don’t want to by any means declare myself as some kind of expert on friendship. I don’t think anyone can. But here’s what I’ve gleaned over time on what I believe are the purposes of friendship.

1. To give, and to receive.
Looking at nature and the way we understand our ecosystem can teach us a thing or two about purpose. While our society tends to define…

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