Next is a more soothing subject, friendship.
No risks, no rewards, Voltaire offers as:
Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
He continues, suggesting his ardent belief in God,
May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.
What is required for true friendship?
TRUST, of course, but then, trust in what or whom?
As it is natural (and healthy) to at times let ourselves down or be disappointed in ourselves so too is it to be let down, disappointed and even dissed by a friend.
Friends or a friendship do not always last, but they always change or undergo change, for better or worse. Voltaire writes:
God gave us the gift of life [but] it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
What does it truly mean to LIVE WELL? For it is hardly wearing a rubber bracelet with the same caption, “Live Well”—or something like that.
Again, what does it mean to LIVE WELL?