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Philosophers About Friendship - Is Friendship The Key To A Good Life?

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If you don't have friends, you don't have a good life either. The ancient philosophers were convinced of this. But what is the value of friendship? The German philosopher Ina Schmidt is convinced: Friends make us better people.

Good friends help us improve morally, make friends with the world and with ourselves. This is what the German philosopher Ina Schmidt writes in her book “Auf die Freundes”.

This idea goes back to Aristotle, who gave friendship higher priority than justice. Because “there is no need for justice among friends”, as he writes.

The friend, a soul mate?

Aristotle distinguishes three types of friendship: the friendship of utility, pleasure and virtue. In virtue friendship he sees the highest form of friendship, since in it everyone wants the best for the other.

Through this mutual benevolence, both can grow morally. In addition, everyone finds a like-minded person in the other, a kind of mirror, even a soul mate.

The friend, a secret?

At the beginning of the 20th century, however, the sociologist Georg Simmel pointed out that we only ever share individual aspects of ourselves with friends: certain interests, activities or topics of conversation.

Even the best friend always remains a secret at its core. Simmel therefore speaks of a “differentiated friendship”.

Pretty much best friends

Nonetheless, Ina Schmidt thinks that friends have very basic similarities, a “common way of seeing the world” or a “common basic understanding of what makes good things”.

As an example, she cites the hit film “Pretty Best Friends”. At first glance, the noble tetraplegic Philippe and the petty criminal Algerian Driss from the banlieues have nothing in common.

But beneath the surface there is a similarity: Both live on the fringes of society. In addition, their view of the world adjusts over time. And finally there is the common sense of humor, which the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said was “not a mood, but a worldview”.

My best friend: myself

Ina Schmidt emphasizes another aspect of friendship that was already of central importance for the Roman philosopher Seneca: friendship with oneself.

Such self-friendship requires benevolence, understanding, honesty and responsibility - towards yourself. Ina Schmidt believes that this self-friendship is also the basis of every other friendship: "If I can't stand myself, how can I be someone's friend?"

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Ina Schmidt: «To friendship. A philosophical encounter or what makes people friends ». Ludwig Verlag, 2014 (out of print).

In addition, help us self-friendship to overcome the hurting feeling of loneliness. Because those who are friends with themselves live in the constant company of a good friend.

However, all of this requires that we take time, time for ourselves and for our friends. Today that is more difficult, but also more important, because more and more people find: Friends are better family.

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