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“A friend I had met a couple of years earlier at college in the United States asked me to join him on a trip to Switzerland. Stuart was from Canada, and he had a unique sense of humor and an enormous appetite and propensity for fun. I hesitated at his invitation—not because of him, but because I had loosely resolved that I wouldn’t travel during these three months. “Come on. We’ll have a great time, we can stay with some friends of mine, we won’t travel with the crowd, it will just be you and me, and we’ll be back by Sunday night,” he pressed. I relented. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
When classes were over on Friday afternoon, we hitched a ride to the local train station and went into Vienna. From there we took the overnight train to Geneva. We just talked, told stories, ate some bread and cheese, drank some wine, and traded songs on our Walkmans. The next day we had lunch on the lake, wandered for hours through the old city of Geneva, and then had dinner with his friend Alex and her family.
It was the strangest sensation—acceptance free of expectation. I felt like any normal twenty-four-year-old discovering Europe. I had been to Europe more than thirty-five times, but never like this. For forty-eight hours I was completely intoxicated with normality. It was refreshing. Exhilarating. Comforting. My relationship with Stuart rose to a completely new level, and he taught me again the great value of friendship. I was reminded that weekend of the age-old lesson that no man is an island unto himself. We are social beings—and relationship brings out the best in us.” – Matthew Kelly, The Rhythm of Life
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival." - C. S. Lewis