Aristotle reminds us in his book Nicomachean Ethics that friendship is not only necessary but beautiful.
He tells us in his work that there are different types of friendship: the friendship based on likeness, utility or virtue.
Benevolence is amability, kindness, affability, benediction. Benevolence is an excellent virtue. Benevolence has as its goal not the one who experiences it but the one to whom it is direction. Aristotle tells us that the benevolent "desires" but the friend "does". Desire is a form of beginning. Every friend is benevolent but not all benevolent is a friend, concludes Aristotle.