The Ties That Preoccupy

Aristotle recognized that true friendship, being based on mutual goodness and reciprocity, takes time and intimacy to develop.  Cicero wrote that with the exception of wisdom, such a friendship was the “greatest of all possible gifts.”  And Montaigne noted that, “what we ordinarily call friendships are nothing more than acquaintances and familiarities.”  Sadly what passes for friendship on Facebook is a pale facsimile of the real deal. (more…)