Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Holidays are an excellent time to take a break of the everyday worries and spend some time with our love ones and think about life.

To me, one of the most wonderful things about human beings is their amazing capacity to relate to each other, so that the memebers that conform your family go beyond your own relatives as really often friends become an important part of your life. That’s why I like a lot a essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which talks about friendship as “The masterpiece of Nature” http://wp.me/p10iHd-6J

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“The masterpiece of Nature”

Text and Photo by Nora Vasconcelos

Between 1830 and 1840, the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote and published a series of essays aimed to share his toughts about diferent aspects of life.
His works were full of his own observations on how the world around him worked and how he felt about it.
From these essays there’s one in particular that I find really moving. This is the one in which Emerson talks about Friendship.
After exploring differnet faces of human relationships, the author concludes that “a friend may well be reckoned as the masterpiece of nature”
As Emerson says, there are several ways in which human beings are tied up: blood, admiration, lucre, love… But he says that when someone becomes dear to us mearely for they tenderness, then we’ve been “touched by fortune”.
Regardless the time that has passed since Emerson wrote this words, I find them still amazing, and admire the sensitivity of the author who was able to develop these essays about topics that are around us everyday of our lives but that some times, due to the daily hurries, we are not able to see them or forget that they are there, such as frienship, and how important it’s for us to be aware of how unique and special are the circummstances in which frienndship is born and remains alive as the time passes by. Something very nice to keep in mind.