The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:|
I am afraid, I said, that the argument about friendship is false:
arguments, like men, are often pretenders.
How do you mean? he asked.
Well, I said; look at the matter in this way: a friend is the friend of
some one; is he not?
Certainly he is.
And has he a motive and object in being a friend, or has he no motive and
He has a motive and object.
And is the object which makes him a friend, dear to him, or neither dear
nor hateful to him?