Higher Calling of Friendship

We learned about the rarity of what Aristotle calls “soul friendship” or what Emerson calls “divine” friendship. Most philosophers concur that cultivating such a friendship requires an openness to it, an awareness that it will not likely occur, and a stringent honesty and affection.

In at least 270 words total, please answer each of the following two drawing upon your reading materials and your personal insight:

1) If “soul friendships” represent our highest attainment of friendship and require great honesty and pure love, what might be our ethical obligation to attempt to nurture such friendships?

2) Analyze, drawing upon examples from your own life, whether such friendships are possible and explain some of the ethical considerations that accompany them.


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