The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:|
charming man, and that he spoke well. What do the rest of you say?
I should say, at first hearing, that he is right, said Menexenus.
Then we are to say that the greatest friendship is of opposites?
Yes, Menexenus; but will not that be a monstrous answer? and will not the
all-wise eristics be down upon us in triumph, and ask, fairly enough,
whether love is not the very opposite of hate; and what answer shall we
make to them--must we not admit that they speak the truth?
They will then proceed to ask whether the enemy is the friend of the
friend, or the friend the friend of the enemy?