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Michael Camacho 11/12/2012 Dr. Schreiner Paper 2 The Means Behind Friendship “Friendship is a virtue or at least involves virtue. It is necessary to life, since no one would choose to live without friends even if he had all other material goods. Friends are a refuge in times of poverty and misfortune; they help to guard the young from error; they help the old in their weakness, and help those in the prime of life to perform noble actions.” –Aristotle According to, the word friendship is defined as a person known well to another and regarded with liking, affection, and loyalty; an intimate. By little being said to define the term friendship; words or phrases would not create the whole idea of friendship, and for us to…show more content…
We become like those with whom we spend our time with. So friendship is a virtuous activity that requires proximity and consistent engagement. Long-distance relationships where people are rarely engaged in their friendship are not friendships for Aristotle. Aristotle says that having too many friends is an obstacle to the good life. His reasoning is easy to see: if we are influenced by those whom we spend our time with, the smaller the group the more focused the influence. The right number of friends should be the number that a person could live with and divide oneself up among. His reasoning for this advice is that one’s friends should be friends of one another if they are all going to spend their days in each other’s company but he says this would be an arduous task to accomplish with a large number of people. Aristotle could not have for seen the accumulation of over a thousand friends connected to a larger network of more than three million people and accessible on a single web page. Is accessing a person’s profile engaging in friendship? Have social networks given us friendship or are they an obstacle to the good life? Aristotle points out that there is a difference between casual friendship and intimate friendship. Casual friendships are acquaintances that are characterized by familiarity. These are necessary in a society but when a person engages in this kind of friendship
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