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In my own never-ending quest for knowledge, blog and truth fodder

Пятница, 10 Июл 2020

In my own never-ending quest for knowledge, blog and truth fodder

I am reading some Aristotle of belated. Before going getting all impressed, I want to state it really is fairly easy reading—simple sentences, simple ideas—if occasionally a bit dull. In the Nicomachean Ethics, the old Greek guy has loads of interesting insights, and makes a number of well-reasoned value judgments. In which he’s fairly unique among philosophers into the sense which he devotes considerable time and considered to the concern of friendship—about one-tenth of their long treatise, in fact.

Aristotle figured there have been three types of friendships:

1) Friendships of utility: occur between you and somebody who is beneficial to you for some reason. As an example, perchance you’re friendly along with your cubicle mate due to the fact she makes it possible to figure the printer out when it jams and—if you are an IT guy—you imagine to correct her computer in certain top-secret-awesome means whenever it freezes, although all that you do is re-boot it. Or even both of you take turns heading out on coffee runs. Perhaps you are friendly together with your neighbor you got on vacation and you take care of her Great Dane when she’s away because she waters your lonely little cactus when.

They are friendships associated with the «You scratch my straight back, we’ll degrade myself by picking right on up your pooch’s poop with a plastic baggie» sort.

2) Friendships of pleasure: exist you enjoy between you and those whose company. Frequently, they are «activity buddies»: people who have who you are doing things such as playing soccer, choosing long bicycle trips or cow-tipping. You could have this sort of relationship with one of several other locals at your friendly neighbor restaurant or fitness center or tattoo parlor—the types of individual with that you enjoy only a little chit-chat or perhaps a joke that is good. (далее…)