Now to Tim. He is an interesting bloke - young man. One of those who came here from Asia (Thailand) to study and eventually just did not go back. Goodo. He has many points in this essay to cogitate upon:
the most number of friends a person can manage to maintain any meaningful personalised interaction with is about 150.He then goes on to distinguish between friends and acquaintances. And my title? Tim (and Aristotle, oops) reckons these are qualities that friends contribute to our life, or that WE take from knowing them. And it is those who show goodness and character, virtue, who will matter the most to us.
Even then, a typical collection of friends will usually resemble a set of concentric circles. At the core, there may be an inner circle of, say, five: our most intimate friends. Surrounding them is a layer of 10 or so. Then there is another 35 in the next circle, and another 100 in the one outside it.
Phew! I have nowhere near 150 friends. But if I follow the concentric circle schema, and make a distinction between friends and acquaintancees, I feel mucho better. And there is the distinction between 'real friends' and 'virtual friends'.
I also wondered, where do family fit into this schema? And, so pondering, I include gratuitous family images. Have I ever told you that my daughter has a daughter ...