Right from primal times, men and women have steadily, yet gradually moved the world from a point of meaninglessness or confusing paradigms to an age begging for meaning. The different past wars, reformations and revolutions, as well as conjectures and refutations of even the last three centuries, is a worthwhile proof to this obvious truth. But today, more than ever (especially as men and women are rediscovering themselves in the large scheme of things), there is a need to cautiously re-live, refurbish and revisit the very bond, the very emotion and the very principle that set humans in motion namely: love and friendship.
That is why in the journey through life, we do of course need that person who comes in when the world has gone out. We need to have a feel of one who truly understands the different, yet positively experienced and typically strong range of meanings in our interpersonal affections. This is the Herculean task to which the author of “Friendship and Love” hopes to toggle with.
The author of this portable masterpiece, Victor Chinedu Nlemchi, is a seminarian under the congregation of Apostles of Divine Charity (Charitan Missionaries) Catholic Diocese of Obala, Cameroon. He holds a Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) from Kaduna State College of Education, an affiliate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Philosophy) from St. Albert’s Institute, Fayit-Fadan Kagoma, Kaduna State, an affiliate of the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. Victor is not just a counselor in marriage but also an adviser of youths on ethical morality.
Victor Nlemchi, in a bid to make love and friendship more rationally relevant even to the reader, employs the philosophical tools of analysis throughout the five chapters of this book. He gives, for this reason, the diverse yet inter-related definitions, understanding and conceptualizations of love and friendship.
The reader is by the fact itself exposed to the sayings – of some philosophers like Plato, Socrates and Aristotle – on friendship and love. This exposé opens the door to answering certain questions surrounding: the types of friendship and love, how to keep up friendship, the importance and consequences of friendship, factors militating against true friendship, the qualities of a true friend as well as the differences between friendship and love.
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At the end of this journey leading to an amazing understanding of “Friendship and Love,” the reader ought to be able to re-echo convincingly the thoughts of Ailred of Rivaulx who had rightly opined: No medicine is more valuable, none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of all our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share our happiness in time of joy.
It is my hope therefore, that this book would be a fortification and a worthy note for men and women who too, are interested in the project of steering the world to a meaningful revolution; to a world filled with friends and a world drunk in love!
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