Summary of “The Right Kind of Friendship”

While his impact can still be felt in the many different subjects today, maybe the most accurate of his observations relate to friendship.
“In poverty as well as in other misfortunes, people suppose that friends are their only refuge. And friendship is a help to the young, in saving them from error, just as it is also to the old, with a view to the care they require and their diminished capacity for action stemming from their weakness; it is a help also to those in their prime in performing noble actions, for ‘two going together’ are better able to think and to act.”
The second kind of accidental friendship is one based on pleasure.
It’s the kind of relationship frequently seen among college friends or people who participate on the same sports team.
The source of such a friendship is more emotional, and it’s often the most short-lived of the relationships.
The final form of friendship that Aristotle outlined is also the most preferable out of the three.
Rather than utility or pleasure, this kind of relationship is based on a mutual appreciation of the virtues that the other party holds dear.
Beyond the depth and intimacy, the beauty of such relationships is that they automatically include the rewards of the other two kinds of friendship.

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