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. You want to speak to other people about your disappointment…
Friendship is a feeling of love and affection of one person for another. This feeling of love must be reciprocated. Otherwise friendship cannot be possible. Friendship does not exist where tastes, feelings and sentiments are not similar.
The famous essayist Bacon has warned against the friendship between a very rich person and a very poor person. Economic disparity damages friendship. Thus friendship is a feeling of affection between two likeminded persons of uniform status.
It is said that…
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. It’s for this reason that we can trust George’s decision to kill his best friend.…
Friendship is the life's most precious treasure and it is mentioned as the cornerstone of life. Also it is a bond between two living beings, once signed; never retrieved. Friends are gifts from god. A friend is someone who will stand by you in trouble or in joy. A sincere friend will never fail you. It is worthwhile to make friends if they are worthy. It really costs to make friend. We can have true friends only if we are willing to give our life for them. Selfishness can never make or…
a lot of meaning. 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. They will not be able…
Kill a Mockingbird).Do you agree with Mr. Lee can friends not be family? There are intricacies
to friendship that have been explored by musicians ,writers , and philosophers alike. From the
Beatles telling us that we can get a little help from our friends (1967) to Greek philosophers
defining philia, the love between two friends and to the depths to which a friendship can go . I
believe friendship can create a bond as stronge as any blood.
The Sioux believed in Hunkapi , or the making of relatives…
Mice and Men
The book Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck takes place during the mid-1930’s in
Salinas Valley, California; John Steinbeck portrays loneliness and friendship throughout the
book. Our main characters, George and Lennie have the ideal kind of friendship. At the end of
the story, George acted out his love in friendship for Lennie, by shooting him. George wanted
Lennie to pass painlessly, while still mentioning the rabbits. As we know, every rancher in the
book is lonely and they…
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. Friendships have no limits, no boundaries, and no regrets. In The…
July 19, 2011
Men –vs. - 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. I also believe this to be true because most personal issues that…
Professor Sarah Corp
18 October 2017
At some moment in life, we find a person who can change our lives even a little bit. It is the person who not only comes to us when we are happy or successful but also does not leave when we are sad or when we fail although people around have left us. And we call this person is a friend or even a close friend. Friendship is one of the most beautiful and brightest sentiment, and it has a tremendous influence on our lives…