True friendship is one of the most beautiful relations of all. Aristotle, attempts in Nichomachean Ethics, to explain his complex philosophy behind friendship. He defines friendship as reciprocal good will between two parties who are also aware of the goodwill of each other. Friendships are grounded upon three different bases. One might like someone because he is good, or because he is useful, or because he is pleasant. When two individuals recognize that the other person is someone of good character, and they spend time with each other, engaged in activities that exercise their virtues, then they form one kind of friendship. If they are equally virtuous, their friendship is perfect. If, however, there is a large gap in their moral development (as between a parent and a small child, or between a husband and a wife), then although their relationship may be based on the other person's good character, it will be imperfect precisely because of their inequality. Aristotle explores the meaning and philosophy of a pure friendship. He starts by explaining the three bases upon which friendship is often grounded. The first of the three friendships is friendship for utility. Both parties derive mutual benefits from having been involved in the friendship. An example of this type of relationship is if I befriend a man that changes the tires of my car because he is changing my tires, the friendship is solely based on the fact that you are doing something for me by changing my tires and In exchange I am giving you money. The second friendship of the three is friendship for pleasure. This type of friendship entertains the idea that both parties enjoy the physical aspect of the relationship. The most important part of the friendship is the pleasure of touching and being around that person. This form of friendship also does not last a very long time. As time goes on people change, and with change comes discomfort. The pleasure of being with someone can change and dissolve so the friendship will follow suit. The last of the three friendships is friendship of virtue. This is the highest form of friendship as it is also the most rewarding of the three. When in this type of friendship you begin to see your friend as the “other you”. You grow to become friends with someone becuase you see yourself in that person: this relationship remains the same and holds firm, if you are virtuous prior to meeting that person it is very unlikely you can become unvirtuous so this friendship becomes set in stone. Aristotle also makes the point that this friendship is not coincidental, it takes time to create such a bond. You have to work at and for it.
Do you know what kind of friendship is true? People always think about this question for a long time. Society always has a lot of definitions. However, how many people know someone who has true friend in their life? I think true friends must listen to you, take care of you, and tell you when you make a mistake.
First, true friends must listen to you when you want to speak. People always have a number of disappointments in life.…
Did George and Lennie Have a True Friendship?
True friends accept each other, support each other, look out for each other, stay together, and make sacrifices for each other. We can see throughout this book that George and Lennie have the qualities which make them true friends. George has to sacrifice his own best friend because he knew it was the best option for Lennie. George was a moral man who was very caring.…
If one is consumed for the benefit of the other there is no true love. True friendship isn't seen with the eyes it is felt with the heart. True friends never get lost, they always return to their spirit's sanctuary. When one dominates the other, what we have is exploitation, manipulation or slavery all of which are totally opposed to human dignity.
People come and go, but the memories of friendship lives on comforting the lonely hours.…
In the chapter The Advantages of Friendship it speaks very clearly on what it means to have genuine friendships. In our “world” it’s not too often that we find a “true friend.” This scripture states the meaning of being a true friend and the acknowledgment you will receive when being genuine to others.
I could not agree anymore with how they state a genuine friendship should be. When a Buddhist obtains a genuine friendship they are honored in so many ways.…
True friendship ripples through
the words “Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.(Jean de La Fontaine).
There was a study conducted by Fowler JH, Dawes CT, Christakis NA in
2009 to find out if we are drawn to friends becouse of genetics . They identified 1,300
pairs of friends among that group and compared their genetic markers.…
He wanted his readers
to understand what George and Lennie went through; they had ups and downs, I think that he
wanted to show his readers what true friendship, love, happiness, and loneliness feels like.
After reading this book, the themes made me realize how important friendship is. It
makes me feel fortunate to have the people that I have. This entire book left me with a grateful
effect because I have true friends who have literally…
CP English- Bell:3
One of the most wonderful aspects about true friendships is trust and how two people can overcome the ‘flaws’ in the other. Friendships are built on huge amounts of trust. One must be honest and overcome the truth. Friendships should never be based on race. Those sort of relationships are superficial relationships, that do not define the true meaning of friendship.…
. - Women Friendships
I believe it to be a true statement that men and women can be as close friends as friends of the same sex. I believe this to be true for many reasons; with all my male friends our situations, discussions, arguments and even our disagreements are totally different than with a female friend. Having a friendship with a guy you know there isn’t too many things that will make him turn on you.…