More important still, to be in such a friendship is to exercise reason and virtue, which is the distinctive function of human beings, and which, in Aristotle’s system, amounts to happiness.
In Plato’s , Socrates says that he should ‘greatly prefer a real friend to all the gold of Darius’, thereby signifying not only that he places friendship on the same high pedestal as philosophy, to which he has devoted (and will sacrifice) his life, but also that the kind of friendship which he has in mind is so rare and uncommon that even he does not possess it.
Although there is a difference in terms when talking about dating and being in a relationship, some people see dating as being in a relationship, while others see dating as the time for doing test runs with potential partners and not taking things too seriously.
‘Those who wish good things to their friends for the sake of the latter are friends most of all, because they do so because of their friends themselves, not coincidentally.’ Friendships that are based partly or wholly on virtue are desirable not only because they are associated with a high degree of mutual benefit, but also because they associated with companionship, dependability, and trust.
Things like dinner dates, movie dates — and dates in general — were a lot more relevant 20 or 30 years ago than they are today.
Nowadays, if we’re interested in someone, we can just shoot them a text and take it from there.
And this has made it a lot easier for us to maintain relationships with people, albeit If you’ve got a dating app installed on your phone — and a modicum of ambition — it’s not uncommon to find yourself speaking to more than one person at a time, with the potential for romance with each one.
This isn’t to say that you’re promiscuous or disloyal to the people you’re involved with, because, most of the time, they’ll be talking to other people, too; it’s simply the nature of casual dating in the year 2016.