There is a growing number of those who say that we live in the "era of Nikola Tesla". Electricity, remote control, radio, are just some of the things that this man left behind as a gift to humanity. However, an even more valuable thing is that he witnessed with his life the beauty of the human spirit, goodness, sublimity, and noble spirit as the meaning of life.
It is known that he was not inclined to the "pleasures of this world", although he enjoyed great fame in the New York and other parts of the world, and that, due to the circumstances and the nature of his work, he was often a welcome guest in the company of the richest people in the United States.
Tesla was a true creator, inspired by the idea of creating a better and more advanced society and world. His simplicity and creative genius, as well as the uniqueness of the spirit and perception of the world and life, are especially evidenced by his friendships, which he nurtured with different, seemingly very carefully chosen, people.
Of all his friendships, the most famous is his decades-long friendship with Mark Twain, a famous American writer.
During the 1890s, these two genius spirits met in New York and since then their friendship has been unbreakable. Many analyzes show that they complemented and inspired each other spiritually and intellectually. Tesla was convinced that it was Mark Twain's books that helped him survive a serious illness during the 1870s, twenty years before they met, although doctors then predicted that the situation was difficult and that he would probably die.
Namely, in the moments of his illness, Tesla read everything that could be read in the local library, in order to improve his mood, and later he said that Mark Twain's books had a healing effect on him.
“The stories by Twain were so captivating as to make me utterly forget my hopeless state.”, Tesla explained.
It is also known that Tesla cured Mark Twain's stomach problems with an electromechanical oscillator. Twain had chronic long-term stomach problems.
Their friendship lasted until 1910, until the death of Mark Twain, and the Nikola Tesla Museum in Belgrade keeps 7 letters that they exchanged during all those years of their extraordinary friendship, which shows that they actively exchanged messages, ideas and thoughts regardless of where in the world they were at that moment.
Twain also introduced Nikola Tesla to many other people with whom Tesla later enjoyed spending time, in the rare moments when his obligations allowed it. It is known that Tesla was not very friendly and inclined to go out and socialize, but he would occasionally find time to spend and share his cheerful creative spirit with those who shared the same values that he appreciated.
One of the people who spent more time with Tesla was Robert Underwood Johnson, a poet and editor of Century Magazine. Also, Johnson's wife Katharine was often seen in their company. There are several photos of the two of them (Tesla and Johnson) in Tesla's laboratory, and Tesla occasionally published some articles in a magazine edited by Johnson.
Tesla, thanks to his friendship with Johnson, met famous and important people such as Rudyard Kipling, the English poet and recipient of the Noble Prize for literature, Anthony Dvorak, the famous Czech composer and musical genius, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, discoverer of X-rays, and many others.
Nikola Tesla lived a special way of life, he had a special rhythm of sleep, a special way of eating, so probably his ways of socializing and ways of choosing friends were special also.
We cannot say with certainty whether this is true, but the sentence attributed to him concerning friendship is: „Intelligent people tend to have fewer friends than the average person. The smarter you are the more selective you become.“
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