To Be Known and Loved

October 27, 2014 8:40 PM

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To Be Known and Loved

For Aristotle, Philia was the most virtuous of the loves. Unlike Agape, which offers loving kindness simply because a person partakes in the human condition, Philia honors the uniqueness of the beloved in deep friendship. It is the love that comes to us because our uniqueness is cherished. However, we may have placed Philia in a serious predicament.

It is often suggested that we employ interpersonal strategies aimed at eliciting favorable reactions. One such favorable reaction is acceptance, with the possibility of evolving into love. Have we come to settle for flattering responses, confusing that with genuine connection? This kind of settling ...

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