Reproduce precisely and illustratively Bacon’s observation on the fruits of friendship.
Or, What does Bacon speak of the fruits of friendship? Illustrate your answer.
Bacon in his essay Of Friendship appears very much practical in his approach to friendship. He is no follower of the Platonic theory that friendship is the highest form of love, a sort of spiritual companionship, in the union of the two souls of the same sex. He rather follows the Aristotelian views of the values friendship from three angles for profit, for pleasure and for a frank and genuine communion between two souls.
One can open his heart to a true friend. We can feel ease if we lay down our mental suffocation to a friend. An inflicted mind finds relief expressing to a friend. Various treatments are there for the physical or bodily problems. Artificial or natural medicine can cure our body but not the mind. We only can open the door of our heart to a friend with whom we can frankly share our grief, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions and almost everything. In a word true friend is like a confession box.
The great kings make friendship between them in spite of the hazards of their own safety and greatness. It bears golden fruit for them. It is seen that the princes if break the distance between them and their servants or subject they can easily be benefited by it. As a result of it distance breaks and they come close to each other and the result of which is obviously enormous. In modern language this tie is named as favourites or ‘privadoes’ In the Roman name of this tie is ‘sharers of cares and anxieties’. Nothing can be more beautiful than this. It is also noticed that not only the princes but the wisest and the most serious persons make friendship with their servants or common persons.
Sylla raised Pompey to the great height and Pompey. (Therefore ventured himself for Sylla’s overmatch). But the friendship between them remained alive in spite of a short rift between them. Julius Caesar loved Brutus and it was Brutus who was one of the conspirators against him. Caesar was not ready to leave the senate because his wife dreamt a very serious dream that the statue of Caesar was bleeding. Caesar would not dismiss the senate until his wife dreamt a good dream. Brutus lifted him and he believed him more than anyone else thought after a short while he was assassinated. .Augustus loved Agrippa in spite of his mean birth. He even thought to arrange the marriage between him and his daughter Julia. Tiberius Caesar and Sejanus had achieved the symbol of true friendship and the senate decided to make an alter to Friendship. Septimius severs loved Plautianus so much that he forced his eldest son to marry Plautinus daughter. It is seen that the great men or wise men found enough comfort in friendship than in other relation of the world.
Commineus observed his first master, Duke Charles the Hardy that the never communicate his secrets, those gave him the most trouble to none. He therefore made the remark that ‘closeness did impair and a little perish of his understanding Pythagoras rightly put that if a man never opened his mind or formed closeness he would be the eater of the heart. If one shares his joy with his friend the joy would be double and if he shares his sorrow, the sorrow would be reduced. It is seen that inspite of the contrary pulls we always find or get benefit from friendship as we bodily be fitted inspite of the chemicals, the use of which often apparently causes contrary effects by the alchemists.
Friendship is healthful and it makes the understanding clear. It brings a fair day after the tempests and storms of affections. In the light of friendship darkness flies away. If one can not find what to do coming into a situation he can be easily guided by counseling with friend what one can not make out inspite of a whole day’s meditation can find the way of solution if consults with his friend. One will get clear light after arguing with his friend: You can lessen your suffering by conveying it near your friend.
A man receives more pure judgment and understanding by counseling. There lies the difference between the judgment that one take himself and that he knows from his friends. Man’s self is his highest flatter and only a true friend can check that flatter. There are two types of counseling — one relating to manners and other relating to business. In case of manner the best advice is come from a friend. We often can not understand our absurdities and errors which destroy our fame and fortune. In this case a friend can guide you to the right way. In case of business a good counsel often sets the business in the straight direction. It is dangerous to pick counsels piece by piece. If will surely bring two types of dangers. First of all he may not be faithfully counseled and secondly the counsel may prove hurtful and unsafe for him. It may be like the case that for curing your disease you call a doctor who is unacquainted with your body; he may cure your body but sets another problems to your health. It will sound like – ‘cure the disease and kill the patient’. Therefore, never rest upon the scattered counsels; they will rather distract and mislead you.
The last fruit of friendship is like pomegranate, full of many kernels. There are many things in the world that one can not perform himself. It is said that ‘a friend is another himself’ but the fact is that a friend is far more himself. An unfinished can be finished if you go away by a friend. What one can not express through his own lips can be better pronounced by a friend. “A man can not speak to his son but as a father ‘to his wife but as a husband; to his enemy but upon terms: whereas a friend may speak as the case requires, and not as it sorteth with the person.”