Friendship

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Task One - Friendship
Task One - Friendship

1) Do we have obligations to our friends or is friendship the sort of thing that does not have obligations? Why? I think that we do have obligations to our friends. We choose to surround ourselves with these people who we call friends. We trust them, confide in them and enjoy their company. Sometimes, we depend on them. We have their best interests at heart, and try to give helpful advice. For example, today I realised I didn’t have a calculator before a test. One of my friends happily lent me hers. If I was in her position I would have done the same – although she didn’t HAVE to let me burrow it, she did, knowing she could trust me to return it safely. Helping one another out is what friends do for each other – it’s expected. You would never ask a friend to do anything, that if your places were swapped, you wouldn’t do for her. If you are a GOOD friend, you do have obligations – you have to listen to rant about something if she needs to get it off her chest, be there when she needs you and give advice if she needs it. For after all – surely, you would want her to do the same for you. If you’re not a shoulder to cry on when her puppy dies, you’re going to come off as uncaring and cruel. Even if you hated her dog, it’s still your duty as a friend to be there for her.

2) Are we responsible for what our friends do? Are we responsible for stopping our friends from doing something really stupid? Why? I don’t think that we are responsible for our friends’ actions. We do, however, have a duty to at least TRY to stop them from making a terrible decision, or doing something stupid. If a friend, let’s call her Jane, wants to defy her parents and sneak out to a party at night, we should try and talk her out of it. Jane’s parents are really strict and if they find out where she was, she would be grounded for a long time. Also at the party are lots of older boys, drugs and alcohol. We, as her friend, would want Jane...
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