The 3 kinds of friends you will meet.
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira in 384 B.C.As Aristotle has said -“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit”.
According to Aristotle, he classifies friendship into three different types:
- Friendships of utility
- Friendships of pleasure
- Friendships of the good
Friendships of utility are those where people are on friendly terms mainly due to the benefits each brings to the table. Business partners,
colleagues, and schoolmates are examples.
Friendships of pleasure are those where people find each other because of the enjoyment it brings. People hanging out due to fitting hobbies, common interest, and fishing buddies are examples.
Friendships of the good, are most important as among the three types of friendship. These are friendships based upon respect, appreciation for each other’s qualities, and a strong will to aid and assist the other person because one recognizes their greatness.
The first two types of friendship are easily broken. These friendships are driven by one’s utility and pleasure. Particular when benefits is achieved or a change of common interest, these friendships will most probably fade off. However friendship based on goodness are usually long lasting.
Friendship of the good are hard to find and develop. If you happen to have more than a handful of friends based on goodness, you are indeed blessed. As my mother always say, “a friend will tell you what you want to hear, but a good friend will always tell you what you need to hear”.