Cicero Virtuous And Loyal Friendships

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Cicero believed in virtuous and loyal friendships, people rarely acquire these characteristics nowadays when it comes to choosing friends. Cicero had very good morals and believed in doing the right things. I believe that there are some deeply loyal friendships still in the midst of the evil world today. Although, in this scenario the bad outweigh the good. There are definitely more disloyal friendships then virtuous and loyal friendships. Cicero would not be happy about the overall friendships of today. He would not be happy with the morals of people and their reasons for being apart of friendships in today 's society. Some people in the world today are extremely selfish. People mindset of today are to get over on people and to gain popularity …show more content…
There is no loyalty among people and their friends in today’s society. People might get a little more popularity or money and leave their old friends for new ones. Cicero would not have liked that at all. He does not like the idea of a friend leaving his or her old friend for a new one. “Such hesitation is beneath the dignity of a human being, for we ought not “have our fill” of friendships, as we do with other, material things. The oldest ones ones, like good wine, ought to be the mellowest, and it is a true saying that “many a peck of salt” must be eaten together for there to be a friendship.” (Cicero, 20). This quote basically explains that you should not leave your old friends for a new one because it is beneficial towards you. It also explains that like wine usually your older friends are better than some new friends. True friendships would last through any argument or disagreement. If your friend leaves you to benefit themselves or to become more popular, they are not your true friends. Cicero would not be happy with these type of friendships at all; he believes places where you have spent more time is where you share more enjoyment. I can vouch for his believes because this once happened to me in my life. I met new friends and never gave my old friends the time of day. I finally realized that my new friends were not good …show more content…
This would really disappoint Cicero, he would not react well to these type of friends at all. Cicero believed that all people were equal and there should be no superior person in a friendship. Cicero said, “But it is most important in a friendship to be able to be “equal” to an inferior. For often there are certain excellences, such as Scipio was in our circle. He never placed himself higher than Philus, than Rupilius, or than Mummius, never higher than friends of a lower class; but to his brother Quintus Maximus, who was his elder, and completely excellent man, he behaved not at all as toward an equal, but as to his superior, and he wanted all his friends to be great just in themselves. (Cicero, 20-21). This statement talks about how amongst his group of friends he never felt the need to place himself above anyone of them. This statement also dignified an act of respect. Unlike some people of today Cicero respected his elder, Quintus Maximus. Many people of today feel like they are better then other people, friends or family. Therefore, people of today will not respect an elder; they have too much pride. He just want people to be great in their own way and be good humans with good morals. Cicero said,”Therefore, just as those who hold a higher place in the close bond of friendship ought to lower themselves to be equal to

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