The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:|
In that case, the one loves, and the other is loved?
Then which is the friend of which? Is the lover the friend of the beloved,
whether he be loved in return, or hated; or is the beloved the friend; or
is there no friendship at all on either side, unless they both love one
There would seem to be none at all.
Then this notion is not in accordance with our previous one. We were
saying that both were friends, if one only loved; but now, unless they both
love, neither is a friend.
That appears to be true.