The Love Series: Philia

Friendships of the good are ones where both friends enjoy each other’s characters. As long as both friends keep similar characters, the relationship will endure since the motive behind it is care for the friend.

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Today I stand in the fond memory,
Of a friend so dear and close,
He was my partner, he was my brother,
We grew up together,
We played like no other,
We fought with one another,
We cried and yet we laughed however,
And together we lived like forever.

We were the children of our country,
And the forebears of its destiny.
We swore to defend it from its enemies,
When called upon, together we went to protect her.
We marched out to war in pride,
The honour to defend our country was like no other.
We fought and we killed in rage,
For the values and the ideals of our society that matter.

Together did we fight the war,
But oh my friend, you aren’t here to see our victory.
Valiant and courageous as you were,
You took the bullet in your heart,
That was meant for me without a doubt.
You dint have to save me,
Yet you died so that I can have a life.

Today I stand in despair,
Of lost hope and broken promises,
In vigil of your sacrifice.
I can only remember your brotherly love.
You were all to me,
My life is nothing without you.

Yet your death shouldn’t be in vain.
When you gave up your life intentionally,
My purpose in life has become more resolute.
I will uphold all that we fought for.
Time may move on,
Life may steer forward as always,
Yet till the end of time,
Our brotherly love will never end.

Philia is the brotherly or friendly form of love. Aristotle takes Philia to be both necessary as a means to happiness. Friendships of the good are ones where both friends enjoy each other’s characters. As long as both friends keep similar characters, the relationship will endure since the motive behind it is care for the friend. This is the highest level of Philia, and in modern English might be called true friendship.

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Author: tennythomas

I have tried to do the best in every circumstance that I have been thrown into. Blogging is one of them.

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