Monday, May 30, 2011

On #Aristotles Ethicas: Friendships

Quarrels arise also in those friendships in which the parties are unequal because each party thinks himself entitled to the greater share, and of course, when this happens, the friendship is broken u.  The man who is better thinks that having the greater share pertains to him of right, for that more is always awarded to the good man: and similarly the man who is more profitable to another than that other to him: "One who is useless," they say, "ought not to share equally,for it comes to a tax, and not a friendship, unless the fruits of the friendship are reaped in proportion the works done."  Their notion being, that s in money, partnership they who contribute more receive more so should it be in friendship likewise.  On the other hand, the needy man and the less virtuous advance the opposite claim.  They urge that "it is the very business of a good friend to help those who are in need, else what is the use of having a good for powerful friend if one is not to reap  the advantage at all?"

Unfortunately, the government seems to think in the same way, except that they take by force, (Taxes, seizures, outright theft,) rather than let the people give what they want to who they want.  Then the government keeps 75 percent of the take for administrative fees.


On #Aristotles Ethicas: Family Life

Between Husband and Wife the relation takes the form of aristocracy, because he rules by right and in such points only the husband should, and give to the wife all that befits her to have.

That's right, I try to give my wife everything she needs.  However, I don't always give her what she wants.  But then, I don't always get what I want either.

On #Aristotles Ethicas: Communities and Friendships

Furthermore, friendship seems to be the bond of social communities and legislators seem to be more anxious to secure it than justice even.

If the Aforementioned are how communities are supposed to form, then todays legislators, in an effort to stay employed  have set us one against the other.  This has the effect of making us strangers to one another, where we are strangers, we don't watch out for each other.

I see it every day in our communities where children form gangs and go to war with each other, and where the law enforcement officers don't have the equipment to protect themselves, and the magistrates and city officials mudsling at each other.

This isn't how communities are supposed to work, we are all to be neighbors and help each other when needed.

On #Aristotles Ethicas: Communities

Again, it seems to be implanted in us by Nature: As, for instance, in the parent towards the offspring and the offspring, towards the parent, and in those of the same tribe towards one another, and specially men of the same nation; for which reason we commend those men who love their fellows: and one may see in the course of travel how close of kin and how friendly man is to man.

This is seems, is how communities and countries were supposed to be.  Where man take care of his neighbors voluntarily, there are communities.