The above statements present two very different perspectives regarding the social behaviors practiced around the world. One could even say that in the end it boils down to an extrovert Vs introvert or even optimism Vs pessimism debate, depending on how you look at it of course.
But let’s not make it more complicated than it already is.
All the same, this Streisand fellow seems to be a complete picture of flamboyant merriment, the ideal optimist one can say—all due to the fact that he places utmost importance in the company of other people, obviously pointing to a philosophy that the pleasant company of other people is all that is needed to attain happiness.
Dominated by an “optimist headed” society, one can’t help but agree with this perspective. After all, aren’t we human beings described as socially dependant creatures? As human beings, we are thoroughly intelligent and full of emotional highs and lows…and what better way to share those highs and lows than with a faithful companion? It makes the ride much more enjoyable if we have an extra ear to hound, after all.
Usually our faithful companions (or rather “Naïve dopes” as Alaster likes to put it) turn out to help us with more sticky situations and are promoted to being friends. These friends have an undeniable positive affect on our practical lives as not only do they provide a vent for any wayward emotions and magically come to understand our ramblings, but it seems nice to share different perspectives every once a while. Often you might have noticed that one of your friends takes something very seriously while you take it as a joke; this either stimulates a mind storming debate on an educational platform or rather, a personal dejection of the idea but rewarding the friend with a smile while they go on rambling, pretending to listen while...