In the world of Facebook, do we need to be friends with everyone? The answer is no. It’s important to have noble friends. Noble friends are the kind of friends who are virtuous, positive and follow a healthy lifestyle. These friends look out for your best interest and care about you.
Merriam-Webster defines noble as someone who has fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals. James Allen, a British author, says, “A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts.”
A noble person is also friendly and kind towards everyone. Kindness is a wish for others to be happy. Rick Hanson, the author of “Buddha’s Brain,” says that “compassion responds primarily to suffering, but kindness comes to play all the time, even when others are doing fine.” The word “kind” comes from the root word “kin” which means family or relations. When we are kind, we bring people into the circle of “us.”
Buddhist monk Bhante Sathi (www.triplegem.org) says noble friends support each other on the path to wisdom. One of the steps to wisdom is right action. Thich Nhat Hanh, in his book, “The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching,” describes the right action as “the practice of touching love and preventing harm, the practice of nonviolence toward ourselves and others.” The fundamental principle of right action is to do everything with mindfulness.
Facebook is a great tool to keep in touch with family and friends. However, some posts are more positive than others. It’s crucial to keep Facebook friends that lift your spirits and inspire you. Look for noble friends in the cyber world and in everyday life. Just like the quote at the top, it’s crucial to surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Seek people who have the qualities that you would like to have.