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RP 6: Friendship in Music, on the Playground, and in Our Lives

RP 6: Friendship in Music, on the Playground, and in Our Lives

Part I: A Work of Art I picked a musical piece for the work of art that I think represents friendship: a song called “Strangers,” a cover a song written by the Kinks but performed by Lucius. It was difficult for me to find a recording online, but this one isn’t too bad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfoHQ0qaQkc  (…)

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Friendship at the Allen: “Color Photograph of Sol LeWitt”

Friendship at the Allen: “Color Photograph of Sol LeWitt”

Before I had to duck out early on Thursday due to what turned out to be a bad spell of heat exhaustion, a particular image stood out to me: a framed portrait of a man, standing in a subway station. He is smiling, wearing a hat and glasses, and turned at an angle. While this(…)

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The Flower of Friendship: Friendship in International Relations (Cat Potts)

The Flower of Friendship: Friendship in International Relations (Cat Potts)

In our world, we are raised to see the populous as divisible into two sections: us and them. Those who are not with ‘us’ are against ‘us’, and therefore our enemies. We are trained to look for certain signs as to who may be deemed on our side and to isolate those who may be(…)

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Across the Aisle: Friendship Despite Neoliberalism (Cat Potts)

Across the Aisle: Friendship Despite Neoliberalism (Cat Potts)

  The phrase “America First” is not one that is new to the ideologies of Americans. Even though it now is representative of a particular individual and the attached political party, it is an idea that has existed for decades. I am reminded of the illustrations by the famed Dr. Seuss, who drew up several(…)

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Laugh With Me, Buddy: The Necessity of Friendship in Modern Life (Cat Potts)

Laugh With Me, Buddy: The Necessity of Friendship in Modern Life (Cat Potts)

There is something to be said for the assertion of independence. When we are children, we take pride in the first time we ride a bike without training wheels. When we are teenagers, we go out with our friends in the evenings without our parents. As young adults, there is satisfaction in moving out of(…)

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Cat Potts: Patterns of Friendship

Cat Potts: Patterns of Friendship

True friendship, I think, is much like a smile; there are variations and not everyone goes about it the same way, but when it comes down to it, the core elements are always the same, no matter who is involved.  Iranian, Christian, Islamic, and Secular views of friendship may vary when it comes to details,(…)

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RELG 274 Reflection #1 (Cat Potts)

RELG 274 Reflection #1 (Cat Potts)

“Why do we Need Academic Studies of Friendship in Post-Modernity and how Revisiting Ancient Philosophers on Friendship Can Help these Studies?”   In post-modernity, there is an element of life that, no matter who we are or where we come from, we all experience: loneliness. An individual may experience loneliness in passing, perhaps when travelling(…)

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