Sunday, August 5, 2007

Friendship - An Isolated Thinking

First of all I would like to pardon all my friends, who were not able to enjoy the beauty of the words above because of the language it is written. This is the one among the mails I gifted from my friends on this Friendship Day (probably the best among them). Also many of my friends would have received the same.

Hmmm... Friendship!!! I am not the one to give definition to this concept (Eh! is that only a concept?.... My failure is sooo pathetic. I couldn't even find the term, what it is?....). Anyway, let me try to think about something....

In the words of some
Philosophers "Friendship is a term used to symbolize co-operative and supportive behavior between two or more humans."...So far so good, But Ah!, really speaking I am not satisfied with this.....I would like to have some more talks upon this subject. The great ancient Greeks on have traditionally distinguished three notions that can properly be called love: agape, eros, and philia.

Agape is an affection that does not respond to the antecedent value of its object but as a thought to create value in the beloved; it has come through the Christian tradition to mean the sort of love God has for us persons as well as, by extension, our love for God and our love for humankind in general. Eros and Philia are generally understood to be responsive to the merits of their objects—to the beloved's properties, especially his goodness or beauty. The difference is that eros is a kind of passionate desire for an object, typically sexual in nature, whereas philia originally meant a kind of affectionate regard or friendly feeling towards not just one's friends but also possibly towards family members, business partners, and one's country at large.

In philosophical discussions of friendship,
it is ideal to follow Aristotle, friendships of pleasure, of utility, and of virtue. Although it is a bit unclear how to understand these distinctions, the basic idea seems to be that pleasure, utility, and virtue are the reasons we have in these various kinds of relationships for loving our friend.

It basically involve the mutual understanding and co-operation between two persons or a group.

My words, essentially friendship is all about
"Some kind of concern about your friend or friends, a distinctive concern which might reasonably be understood as some kind of love, with some cause...."

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