Topic of the Week: Friends
Anarchists and their friends often use the words community, solidarity, and affinity to express their relationships with one another. Our personal relationships with each other among anarchists and friends is one area of our lives where we have a great ability to create and share the most beautiful ideas together.
However, this is not always the case and relationships can be messy. Why is it that sometimes we struggle to find the community, solidarity, and lifelong affinity that we imagine and work for? Is our anarchist lexicon specific enough to define the multitude of associations that we have, or wish we had? How do you create long-lasting camaraderie? What does this look like for those of us who have lived in the same place for many years? What about those of us who are constantly moving either for work, family, and friends? What advice can be offered pro- and con- that has helped create / destroy long-lasting relationships with anarchists, friends, and the world? How do you balance and negotiate between the needs, desires, and intensities of close relationships with your own? How has technology, computers, and social media impacted your friendships with anarchists and others?
[See also: "Choosing Relations" by Liana Doctrine (AJODA #63, 2006)
This totw is largely influenced by this essay.]