I see people die left and right and i have no emotion towards it. Then i see the cute baby pig squeal before it dies and my whole day is ruined.
My own personal philosophies change almost daily, but I do like the idea of others. Particularly ones that involve the universe putting things in your path to guide you. The problem with this kind of philosophy is that some people would grow complacent while waiting for the universe. Others may even take for granite the good things that appear in their lives.
Whether it be the universe or just happenstance that puts something of relevance in your life you should be grateful its there, especially if its a friend. Strive to keep that kind of support in your life, but remember that true progress will only ever come from your own work. And when you hit your stride, take what you learn and be that something of relevance for someone else.