Genuine friendship is a type of virtue, or involves virtue, and it is very essential for a good life. Nobody would choose to have a life without friends, even if they had all the additional good things. There are, however, a few different opinions about friendship. Some believe friendship is a matter of likeness, that our friends resemble ourselves. Others take the opposing view that friendship is based on utility.
You don’t like them for being themselves. While in the one type of perfect friendship, which Aristotle finds is loving the other for their positive character, which is only existed between good men. Although this type of friendship needs to take time to grow, as two people get to know one another, it is rare because Aristotle believes that good men are rare. Aristotle also believes that while lovers are subject, the beloved are object meaning that while relationships whether being a couple or just a friendship can dissolve, the beloved (any self-love) will always be there. Works Cited Senay, Suzanne.
Although, some may not agree with Cicero and may even prefer Aristotle’s views that he has about friendship; if what he says is true then why on earth would you want someone to do something for you just because they can get something in return? It’s wrong! It simply amoral from my own point of view. I believe in doing well without looking for a reward in return. Life is much better that way.
He also shows how happiness is not the only important thing in life. Epicurus’s version of happiness is the lack of pain. His version of happiness requires friendship, thought, and freedom. Friendship is said to give people a sense of themselves and he believed that without friendship people would not be able to live without being emotionally numb. Friends give the love and support that people want.
Plato’s intellectual approach to the good life departs from the more common dependence on experience to acquire the knowledge involved in living a good life and finding happiness. His reserve about this idea, despite its significance in his metaphysics and ethics, is principally accountable for the vagueness of his notion of happiness and what it is to lead a good life, excepting the assertion that people are best off if they do what they want and according to self-preservation. In just what way the thinkers' knowledge offers a concrete foundation for the good life of the public and the however vacuous bulk of the citizens remains an open question; beyond the notion that ... ... middle of paper ... ... being content with ourselves. If we are constantly fighting our urges because some supreme being told us to, we are not fighting those urges for the right reason and we’re also less likely to follow the commands, however righteous they may be. Even if we are fighting urges, we’re still not content, and that means we are not at peace.
Rather, the good life for a person is the active life of functioning well in those ways that are essential and unique to humans. Aristotle invites the fact that if we have happiness, we do not need any other things making it an intrinsic value. In contrast, things such as money or power are extrinsic valuables as they are all means to an end. Usually, opinions vary as to the nature and conditions of happiness. Aristotle argues that although ‘pleasurable amusements’ satisfy his formal criteria for the good, since they are chosen for their own sake and are complete in themselves, nonetheless, they do not make up the good life since, “it would be absurd if our end were amusement, and we laboured and suffered all our lives for the sake of amusing ourselves.” Happiness can be viewed as wealth, honour, pleasure, or virtue.
Character influences how ethically we live our lives: “For in speaking about a man's character we do not say that he is wise or has understanding but that he is good-tempered or temperate; yet we praise the wise man also with respect to his state of mind; and of states of mind we call those which merit praise virtues” (Aristotle, Book I, Chapter 13). Temperance, bravery, and wisdom are just a few virtuous traits of character. Without virtue I believe that or character would be bitter and cold (…) Aristotle emphasizes one’s upbringing, as well as education in being influences on moral character. We can apply intellectual virtues with character because by being intellectually curious in areas such as education, we should use this resource to refine our character.
The causes of modern social problems, from divorce to homelessness and obesity, are often thought to be based in areas such as poverty, stress or unhappiness. But researchers suggest we are overlooking something crucial:friendship. It would appear that our society is ignoring its importance. The philosopher Aristotle said, “In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they incite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” Friendships are vital for wellbeing, but they take time to develop and can’t be artificially created.
In order for a society to be morally good, people from diverse beliefs must learn to create friendships and accept the differences. In Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics, he underlines what good friendships are characterized as. The problem with common friendships in society, as Aristotle states, is that they are based on both utility and pleasure. “Those who love fore utility or pleasure are fond of a friend because of what is good or pleasant for themselves.” (Aristotle 445). He explains that “friendships are only complete in virtue if it is a friendship of good people.
Lewis may believe that friendship has a crown, but he does not believe that friendship and the appreciation love that motivates it is the most royal of the loves. He believes that agape, or charity, is the is the ultimate ruling love. He would not consider friendship and appreciation love to be a ruling love because it can be a source of virtue, but also a source of vice. Lewis then goes on to explain that friendship proper, this “crown of life” as Aristotle puts it, is not needed. Lewis claims that friendship is the least necessary and natural of the loves.