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A society of friends

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson reflects on the power of friendship.


Booker T Washington (left) and Andrew Carnegie

MUCH that the brilliant cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking said in his book A Brief history of Time, about black holes and cosmic inflation, was too complicated for most of us to understand, but when he said: “It would be an empty world, were it not for friends I love and friends who love me”, millions understood him perfectly.

When a psychologist was recently asked if he felt he could be happy living alone on a desert island, he said he thought that for a short period, he could derive satisfaction from leisure activities and keeping fit, from studying the flora and fauna of the island.

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