By Harold N.
Simone Weil says that friendship is a virtue, and Aristotle says that recognizing virtue in others is the basis of friendship.
I agree that there is a bond between virtue and friendship. In Simone’s view, virtue is in the act of friendship, and Aristotle’s view only recognizes virtue in others. My view however differs in that a friend is someone whose qualities—virtue only being a quality—I find admirable. I will go one step further and say that a friend is someone whose qualities I hope others find in me.
I do believe, as Samuel Clemson once said, that “we are not who we are because we say we are. If you want to know who you truly are, then listen as a friend describes you to someone else.”
So I say, choose your friends wisely!