Why Is Virtue Friendship--Aristotle's Highest Type--Arguably Extremely Difficult to Achieve Today?
Pleasure-based friendships help you stay light-hearted. You meet up with them on Friday nights for a spritz and casual gossip—but things never get too serious.
Aristotle here is expressing friendship in terms of the Greek word Philia. The conception is altogether different form our modern interpretation, more extensive in its interpretation. Philia can exist in the family sphere as well as in relation to being a citizen and the duties that that entails even as far to include people’s relations to natural phenomena.
Some may see it as something beneficial or pleasurable while others value friendship regardless of the benefits or pleasure that it brings. The friendship bond between two people can possibly last long but it solely depends on the motives and reasons of the two people involved.
The bonds we forge with those close to us directly shape the quality of our lives. Life is too short for shallow friendships.
Aristotle. The Nicomachean Ethics. Oxford World’s Classics. Trans. David Ross. New York: Oxford UP, 2009.