Warren Fahra meditates on the blessing of friendship for society in the case of the Inklings, and offers them as an example of what friendship can be more broadly. He says:
If our encounter with the Inklings shows us anything, it must be the fresh, dynamic, creative power of friendship. Yes perhaps all the works of Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Barfield, and company would have been written without the presence of their obscure reading group. But what would they have been? What would these works have been like? What would our reality, or the world’s reality, have been without their works, as shaped by their company, and the rippling effects of their creations through that company? I invite you to give that a moment’s meditation.