This is one of the best (simple) overviews of Aristotelian friendship that I’ve encountered. One of the best takeaways is this gem:
Beyond the depth and intimacy, the beauty of such relationships is that they automatically include the rewards of the other two kinds of friendship. They’re pleasurable and beneficial.
These types of models are extremely helpful for someone like me who struggles, all the time, with understanding other humans.
There’s no question about this though:
These relationships require time and intention, but when they do blossom, they do so with trust, admiration, and awe. They bring with them some of the sweeter joys that life has to offer.
It requires a lot of time, investment, and commitment over a long period of time for all of these things to mature and to come into full effect. This is why, in terms of simply resources, I do not have many friends at all – I simply do not have the time (nor interest) to go deep with a lot of people.
Rather, I just need one… or two… perhaps, and I’m good to go. There’s a ton of great work to be done and time is of the essence.