Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Lucas Rogers #12 - Big Bang Theory- 2nd Installment
In this post, I will be focusing on, a certain episode. You can refer back to installment one to understand a short summary of the show. The episode “The Friendship Algorithm”, season 3 episode 1, deals with Sheldon deceiving someone by acting as their friend. Sheldon wants to be able to use this university computer, so he tries to become friends with someone that could give him that access. Sheldon even develops a “friendship algorithm.”
Sheldon thinks there is some magic to making friends. He makes his roommate and current friends take a 211 question test, and even reads books about it. Aristotle further classified friendships into three distinct categories: of pleasure, of utility, and of virtue:
In friendships of pleasure, you and another person are friends because of the direct pleasure your friendship brings — for instance, you like and befriend people who are good conversationalists, or with whom you can go to concerts, and so on. “For Aristotle, however, the highest kind of friendship was one of virtue: you are friends with someone because of the kind of person he is. As you can see, Aristotle believed in being friends with someone, for the kind of person they are.” In installment one, I talked briefly about how Sheldon and Aristotle were alike, but here this shows how they are different. Sheldon is deceiving someone, and taking advantage of them by acting like their friend. This is not good according to Aristotle, and he needs to become actual “friends” with them. As Plautus said "Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend." Charlie’s Darwin said, "A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth." According to Darwin, that would mean Sheldon does not have much worth, since he doesn’t know what being a true friend means.