Sunday, December 03, 2006

Friendship

Latin text at Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum; English

"friendship can exist only between good men"

some Cicero in Latin

Plus, Aelred of Rievaulx, De Amicitia

And St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Friendship varies according to these communications, and they vary according to that which people have to communicate. If men share false and vain things, their friendship will be false and vain; if that which is good and true, their friendship will be good and true, and 197 the better that which is the staple of the bond, so much the better will the friendship be. That honey is best which is culled from the choicest flowers, and so friendship built upon the highest and purest intercommunion is the best. And just as a certain kind of honey brought from Pontus is poisonous, being made from aconite, so that those who eat it lose their senses, so the friendship which is based on unreal or evil grounds will itself be hollow and worthless.

So what would St. Francis make of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha? "Hmmm."

Treatise on the Love of God

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

true

KK said...

well for Aristotle, there are analogous senses of friendship, so the Sex and the City girls might have friendship - just not the primary kind of friendship between good men who share the same end that is good.

papabear said...

Sure, that is what Aristotle says. Nonetheless, the question is whether it should be held up as a model for Christians or not. I think St. Francis has strong words to say about that, especally when he talks about "evil friendships."