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Nobility of Friendship Friends are what any person needs to live a complete life. To get friends, one must be living a fulfilling life since friends are a reflection of oneself. It is important to cultivate friendship because it is an essential element of happiness. Friendships are of various types, and each of them has different aspects. There are friendships that provide the material, professional, or spiritual support. Also, there are friends who are a company for entertainment while others help one to develop socially. Friendships or friends are mostly evaluated on these categories and each category is important for the fulfillment of an individual. However, true friends are appreciated for who they are but not for what they can offer. Weighing friendship from the materialistic approach is misleading. As Aristotle said, true friends are everything that a person needs, they are a sure haven. The loss of true friends can be viewed as a permanent drawback for an individual since whatever such a friend could prompt a person to do will remain an unexploited potential. The final loss of a true friend occurs in death. As long as a friend is alive, relationships can always be maintained even overseas, but death takes away friends never to bring them back, even when they are needed the most. Thinking about friendship, the question arises, why do people find it impossible to recover from losing a friend? Friends come by at any stage in life. Why then should a person hold on to memories of a friend who left never to return? The answer is simple; the nobility of true friendship makes it impossible to recover from the loss and makes a person keep the memories of lost friends. I had a childhood friend, Sara, who passed away when we were in high school. Sara could fall into all categories of friendship, but her...

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