Friendships : Friendship And The Importance Of Friendship

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Friendship is often cited in criticisms of impartial consequentialist moralities such as utilitarianism. (Hurka) According to dictionary.com, utilitarianism is the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons. Friends are essential in life because they are there throughout the good and bad times. They are there to bring out the best in you, such as being there to help you achieve the goals you have set and inspire you to be the best person you could be. Friends prevent loneliness and they also help improve your self-confidence and self-worth. Knowledge, achievement, and virtue are also quality goods that a friend
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(MacEvoy) The realization of expectations start in the early stages of life. The first signs of expectations begin around the ages of 4-5 months. (MacEvoy) An example MacEvoy gives is when babies show expectancy when being carried and comforted by their caretakers when they are upset. While being a toddler, friendships were supported by affection. A way most children show affection is through sharing toys with others and doing activities together. During this stage in life we only see one perspective and that is ours. We feel like everyone is thinking the same and supposed to do the same things we do. Good friendship adaptations are found to be correlated with positive friendship expectations. (MacEvoy) Around the time, we are in elementary school, we tend to describe someone as our “friend” differently. At this age, a way to make a friend is to use the statement of “I’ll be your friend if…” We define someone who shared our snacks, saved a seat, or played on the playground with as a friend. By the time, we become teenagers, we are easily influenced by our friends. We start to see everyone’s point of view because not only do we want to be with friends with people, but we are also concerned with fitting in. Once we get past that stage, we start to build intimate friendships. We do things for each other with no second thoughts and expect to do everything together. We begin to confide in each and share things we wouldn’t share with anyone else. Once we become young

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