The term symbiosis (from the Greek: ÏƒÏ?Î? syn “with”; and Î?Î?Ï‰ÏƒÎ?Ï‚ biosis “living”) commonly describes close and often long-term interactions between different biological species. The term was first used in 1879 by the German mycologist, Heinrich Anton de Bary, who defined it as: “the living together of unlike organisms”.
The definition of symbiosis is in flux and the term has been applied to a wide range of biological interactions. The symbiotic relationship may be categorized as being mutualistic, parasitic, or commensal in nature. Others define it more narrowly, as only those relationships from which both organisms benefit, in which case it would be synonymous with mutualism.
Romans 15:1–2: We, though, who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those not strong, and not to be pleasing ourselves. 2 Let each of us please [his] neighbor in what is good for [his] upbuilding.
Friendship. Friendship seems to be an endangered virtue. It is interesting that in a time and age when millions of people connect online through social networking sites and are freely using the term ‘friend’ more and more people are lacking true friendships. It seems many nowadays hide behind masks, either for fear of rejection or by intentionally playing roles to attract attention, often motivated by deep rooted loneliness. I count myself fortunate to have a few good friends these days. I barely communicate with them online but rather face to face or at least over the phone. I feel good knowing that they know me through mutual experiences and personal interaction rather than through word of mouth as would be the case with pure online relationships. I am happy that I can help and upbuild my friends should they go through tough times; I enjoy having deep and meaningful conversations and seeing them encouraged top