Truly speaking there are no specific criteria for friendship; anyone can be friends as long as there is mutual love, respect, trust, intimacy and understanding between them. The question whether friends are necessary is relevant in the present day context as the number of true friends diminishes day by day and because of the fact that most of the friendships are, as Aristotle states, either utility or pleasure motivated. No doubt, friends are precious treasures whose value cannot be measured, if they are true and good.
Aristotle considers friendship as one of the most coveted and inevitable parts in one's life. He is of the opinion that everyone needs friends whether he/she is poor or rich, in fortune or misfortune. Friends are the innate need of every individual; everyone needs to be cared, loved, supported, and motivated. Aristotle feels that there should be "a natural friendship for a child, and a child for a parent" (p.30) so that the parents can keep their children away from all sorts of wrong actions and can care for them without any communication gaps. In the modern world, his words are highly relevant as there are a lot of broken families and as young and adolescent children are being easily misled as they do not get the needed love or support from the family. ...Show more