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Nietzsche once said that to be a true friend one must be willing to be the “beautiful enemy.” What Nietzsche was saying is that a good friend is one that will tell you painful truths in order to help you. Most of us fear being the “beautiful enemy” because we fear losing our friend.
Alekto: Is Nietzsche right?
Socrates: Yes, I said. But don’t you think Nietzche has a point when he says to be a true friend one must be willing to be the “beautiful enemy”?
Alekto: well, I am uncertain
Socrates: probably you don’t understand what Nietzche is implying by using the metaphor “beautiful enemy”.
Alekto: I do get the point, but it is not yet clear to me
Socrates: have you ever been told the painful truth concerning yourself?
Alekto: yes, I was once told how my character was deteriorating
Socrates: what impact did it bring in your life?
Alekto: well, it was beneficial in my life since I was able to rectify my mistakes.
Socrates: I conquer with what Nietzsche is suggesting.
Alekto: That a true friend is one who must be willing to be a beautiful enemy?
Socrates: what do you think? I asked
Alekto: I am certain that a good friend in deed is a friend who will always be there for you when you are in need.
Socrates: I conquer with you my friend, I said, but there is a deeper meaning that Nietzsche was trying to unveil which is based on true friendship.
Alekto: I see
Socrates: in this sense, friendship involves a chemistry of mutual understanding which individual’s character. Now you see, this is the reason why Nietzsche is claiming that a true friend is one who will tell you painful truth.
Alekto: suppose friends should intend to hurt each other?
Socrates: basically, hurting is inevitable when the is friendship true, true friends are hardly found
Alekto: I don’t think it is the rightful act for two people who claims to be friend hurting each other.
Socrates: what makes you think so?
Alekto: I am certain
Socrates: Did I ask you whether you have ever been hurt with a pain truth?
Alekto: that is very true
Socrates: logically, true friends hurt each with helpful words that are full of wisdom and guidance. They correct each other whenever they observe a comrade making a mistake.
Alekto: I conquer with you. Would it be significant for a good friend to use another approach to deliver guidance instead of delivering in painful truths?
Socrates: well, a good friend will never be afraid of losing a friend because of telling them a painful truth concerning their character behavior rather they are certain that the bitter truth will remain to be a fact that cannot be changed no matter how painful it is. However, the painful truth should be accepted
Alekto: I am skeptical about acceptance of painful truth; perhaps an individual will perceive it as being tormented or ridicule
Socrates: who do you refer as your good friend?
Alekto: a good friend to me is someone who will never betray me
Socrates: well, I agree with that. Moreover, do you think friendship should have conditions?
Alekto: suppose it should. Friendship is a personal choice; an individual is undisputed to choose a friend of his/ her kind
Socrates: my friend let me inform you; friendship is the most important aspect in human life, no man is an island and, therefore, we always need that one genuine friend in our life that will reflect our image.
Alekto: (listening keenly) how would a friend reflect my image?
Socrates: it will be a meaningless friendship if has no positive impact in an individual’s life
Alekto: I agree with that opinion
Socrates: I would like you to imagine a scenario whereby you have a friend whom you believe is you’re best friends. However, he happens to have a new girlfriend whom you seem to know very well as your neighbor, and her character is in questioning.
Alekto: you make me imagine
Socrates: Imagine once more, the lady who has kidnapped you friend’s heart has a bad record in the estate as a “husband snatcher” and a drug peddler
Alekto: that is moral, I pity my beloved friend
Socrates: would you hide this sad news o your friend or you would keep it within yourself since you regard it as trivial?
Alekto: definitely, I will tell my friend. I wouldn’t like him to suffer and regret in future
Socrates: therefore, based on your opinion, would you not fear being scolded or to lose your friend?
Alekto: well, honestly that would be critical but it depend on n his decision.
Socrates: this entire scenario develops an insight of an analysis of informing you who is a good friend. According to moral and social norms, you will be categorized as a good friend based on your thoughts and courage to tell your friend that he is dating a girl who is not of his caliber. A true friend is mindful and concerned about his friends paths.
Alekto: very true
Socrates: in this case, Nietzsche is right in saying that a true friend must be willing to be a “beautiful enemy” and should not fear to lose a friend for telling him/her a painful truth.
Plato, The Allegory of the Cave. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Dec. 2015.
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