• Those based on common interests or mutual pursuits – e.g., fans of a sports team, members of an association or club, golf partners, etc.
• Those based on the benefits or mutual advantages that come from friendship – e.g., networking in business, teammates on a football team, colleagues at work, neighbors who watch over each other’s houses.
• Those based on friendship for its own sake, a friendship of character; based on nothing more than time together, regardless of mutual interests or benefits to be received.
The first two categories are easy for me (and I think for many of us). The third of Aristotle’s categories is the most difficult for me but it seems what is most clearly demanded in “loving my neighbor.”
What are your thoughts?