A programme on the radio caught my ear the other day. It was about friendship. We do indeed live-in strange times- with Covid, Trump (heaven knows how the Americans voted him in, the most powerful individual in the world!!!), the security, the storming of the Capitol etc etc. Good riddance I say. The quick – fire fraud of an internet Wild West, seems to be leading many down a delusional path of meaningful popularity and even God forbid – love. I have actually heard one Radio 4 commentator enthuse about the depth and nobility of ‘virtual’ love. In other words, one doesn’t have to physically meet one’s soul mate but one can ‘love’ just as well through a computer screen – makes one wonder how on earth such an affair can get up to any hanky-panky though, doesn’t it just!
These days there are those, Facebook and Twitter aficionados for example, who honestly believe that it is a testimony to their likeability, when they have 100’s if not thousands of ‘friends’ and ‘followers’. I jest not.
The modern world really has gone bonkers.
It is true friendship that has won wars, not on-line farce. Combat soldiers fight to the death for their mates, not Queen and country. True friendship comes from shared experiences, from trial and tribulation shared together as one. From the hurly-burly of school days, into adulthood and beyond. And lastly, from the sacrifices that one is prepared to make for a pal.
We have a generation of young ‘uns, who meander through life, texting the depth and the analysis of their feelings to other key-tapping obsessives. Put them in front of a human being and all they can do is grunt, lip-drop and wonder who the hell you are. What! A human being, and a talking human being at that!
The internet is already rated the most deadly threat to world peace. Nuclear warheads? Old hat. It is now Cyber Warfare that can bring a country to its knees. Apart from this, what will happen when energy supplies dry up?
There are only two things, that will allow the human race to survive, and guess what they are? Real physical love and real physical friendship that’s what.