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Ancient Greek philosophers truly revered the concept of friendship and spent much of their time defining shaping and discovering the answer to a phenomenal question What exactly are the components of true friendship A highly respected philosopher Cicero believed that friendship is the only thing in this world the usefulness of which all mankind are in agreement In essence friendship is based on a companionship involving mutual love self-love virtue and hard work As Cicero talks about in his writing De Amicitia companionship is a part of human nature According to Cicero nature has no love for solitude and always leans as it were on so support and the sweetest support is found in the most intimate friendship He believed that true friendship could only exist among good people Since true friendship is extremely hard to find and maintain only people who are good and virtuous are able to handle actual friendships He posed the question how can there be a life worth livingunless it rests upon the mutual love of friends As said by Cicero a friend is as it were a second self He believed that within friendship comes about the idea that those with similar interests attract each other For example social clubs sports teams and similar hobbies are all ways people can easily develop mutual friendships All of these examples occur between people on an equal plane Friendship does not always happen on this even plane people may develop kinships on unequal grounds Student-teacher relationships are a good example of this The bonds of friendship still remain but what they may bring to the relationship is completely different Even Cicero relates to this idea by saying It is incumbent then upon those who are the superiors among friends or relatives to avoid making any invidious distinctions between themselves and their inferiors Similarly it is incumbent upon the inferiors not to take umbrage at the fact that other surpass them
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