Love in Friendship and Aristotle

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending my cousin’s wedding.

In his homily, the deacon officiating the ceremony discussed how spouses are not only life partners but also each other’s best friends.

I found this observation to be wonderfully meaningful for what better way to start a life together than standing on a foundation of friendship?

Aristotle identified three motives for friendship: utility, pleasure, and the good.

He posited three rules for founding a friendship. Both parties must:

1. Feel goodwill for each other.

2. Be aware of each other’s goodwill.

3. The cause of their goodwill must be one of the three motives mentioned above.

Watching couples like my cousin and his new bride take their vows is an illustration of friendship for the good in love.

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