Of all the relationships we have, it is our friends who most directly reveal the kind of person we are.
If you want to really understand someone, have a look at their circle of friends, this will tell you what their values and priorities are- after all, as is often shown, birds of a feather flock together.
However, friends are divided into good and bad. The right sort of friend can help you a lot, but the bad sort can bring you a great deal of trouble, and many even lead you down the wrong pathway in your life. Having the ability to choose your friends wisely is a great skill and will stand you in good stead.
So what kind of friend is a good friend? And what kind of friend is a bad friend? And how can we make sure we make good friends?
If we take a look at Confucianism we can see that Confucius attached a great deal of importance to friendship and what effects friends had on a persons development. Confucius also taught his students how to make good friends, and avoid the bad ones.
Confucius said there are three types of friends in this world who can help us.