The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Lysis by Plato:|
Then neither like and like nor unlike and unlike are friends.
I suppose not.
And yet there is a further consideration: may not all these notions of
friendship be erroneous? but may not that which is neither good nor evil
still in some cases be the friend of the good?
How do you mean? he said.
Why really, I said, the truth is that I do not know; but my head is dizzy
with thinking of the argument, and therefore I hazard the conjecture, that
'the beautiful is the friend,' as the old proverb says. Beauty is