Aristotle, Ride or Die


Forty best TV friends duos ranked showcased a list of fictional ride-or-die buddies; no doubt a fun trip down memory lane, but little did they know Aristotle set their stage for them 2000 years ago!

  • Sherlock and Watson (UK)
  • Key and Peele (US)
  • Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone (UK)
  • Dr. Hawkeye Pierce and Dr. B.J. Hunnicutt (MASH)
  • Howard Wolowitz and Raj Koothrappali (Big Bang Theory)
  • Hans and Chewbacca (Star Wars)
  • JD and Turk (Scrubs)
  • Stringer Bell and Wood Harris (The Wire)

Shockingly, they forgot to mention Buzz and Woody and Bert & Ernie!

Aristotle believed who you are surrounding yourself with has a significant influence on your personality. Therefore, we need to choose our friends wisely. What you described might fall into his (1) first category of friends.

He believes there were three types of friends:

  • Ones that bring us pleasure
  • Those who are useful to us
  • and the ultimate friend, a Virtuous TRUE friend.

A friend who pleases you are people you like, they make you feel good about yourself, and in return, you do the same for them.

The second type, useful, is your work or school colleagues or distant friends you talk to online every so often.

The third friend is a rare breed. These friends are lasting friends throughout your life, exude good character, kindred spirit, basically, your soul mate on a friend level - your ride or die battle buddy through thick or thin.

Kelly Perez, Adjunct Professor