True Friendship, by Ron Puhek (integrated life study)

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True Friendship, by Ron Puhek (integrated life study)

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Published by the Fifth Way Press, the philosophic imprint of OYB.

100 pages, paperback.

Half the fun of doing anything is doing it with someone---this includes all the wild outdoor action I've ever done. Bonds are created when people train for bike racing for years together, for instance. But what kind of bonds? And there's solidarity in a race quite often. But what kind? I recently had a guy who I suffered for miles with on a long hard ride who I'd never met before say "Those who suffer together are brothers." That seemed pretty cool. There's a sense in which that's true. But there's another sense. Think of all the sports friends you never saw again after you quit a sport. Or who never had any interest in doing the slightest thing outside the sport while you were still in it, even in stopping for ice cream. You can have "tight knit" groups who panic at the thought of having a beer in a park at the end of a ride. The rest of their worlds just don't mix. Then, too, worlds often collide, as Seinfeld said. In short, there's more to friends than our culture lets us know. Here's a real exploration of friendship, for a change. And it doesn't use a single self-help anecdotal example. None of the fake names or pretend scenarios that are the curse of formulaic "insightful" book-shaped-objects (BSO's) today.

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From the Back Cover...

"Among the most delightful, rewarding, and beautiful things in life is true friendship. It is the highest form of love between two individuals. Even the bonds of marriage are blessed to the highest degree when a partner is a friend. All friendship is spiritual in the sense that it is based not on what others can do for us, nor on what they are in themselves, but on what they mean to us. It’s the meaning that stimulates the spirit. The quality of the friendship depends on the quality of the spirit, but the quality of the spirit depends in turn on the quality of the meaning. This book explores the highest kind of spirit and the truest form of friendship—and how we can reach them both."

About the Author...

Ronald E. Puhek is a professor emeritus of Integrative Studies at Michigan State University, having taught there since 1966. He has written 16 books exploring the integrative aspects of the "Fifth Way" approach he developed. Until the Internet came along, these works were part of a “samizdat” movement, spread by word of mouth and photocopier. Puhek also hosts an on-going seminar of the Michigan Institute of Existential Metapsychology, which has been meeting weekly for 35+ years. Its goal is the search for “truth which can be lived in a modern age.”