C.S. Lewis argues that it takes a community of people to get to know an individual person. Reflecting on his own friendships, he observed that some aspects of one of his friend’s personality were brought out only through interaction with a second friend. That meant if he lost the second friend, he lost the part of the first friend that was otherwise invisible.
“By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets.”
“I know this seems like a lot — and maybe even too much,” Johnson readily admitted, “but each individual has their place. Each place is different in its role and capacity. In order for me to practice, work out and just play golf, I need these individuals along the way. There is a freedom that comes with having such a great group that allows me to just play.”
I recently finished reading Michael Bamberger’s Men In Green. It was awesome and I loved it. This part, near the end, really smacked me, though. The author was visiting someone he used to caddie for when he was a kid, much younger than I am now.