We were friends and have become estranged. But this was right, and we do not want to conceal and obscure it from ourselves as if we had reason to feel ashamed. We are two ships each of which has its goal and course; our paths may cross and we may celebrate a feast together, as we did- and then the good ships related so quietly in one harbor and one sunshine that it may have looked as if they reached their goal as if they had one goal. But then the almighty force of our tasks drove us apart again into different seas and sunny zones, and perhaps we shall never see each other again; perhaps we shall meet again but fail to recognize each other: our exposure to different seas and suns has changes us. That we have become estranged is the law above us; by the same token we should also become more venerable for each other- and the memory of our former friendship more scared. There is probably a tremendous but invisible stellar orbit in which our very different ways and goals may be included as small parts of this path; let us rise up to this thought. But our life is too short and our power of vision too small for us to be more than friends in the sense of this sublime possibility- Let us then believe in our star friendship even if we should be compelled to be earth enemies.
NIETZSCHE, THE GAY SCIENCE, 1882
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