This chapter sets out the general strategy of writing a con essay. The introduction part of the chapter should have some elements: identification of the conclusion being examined, the key premises (chosen on the basis of their being crucial and controversial), the statement of authorial standpoint (in this case, con), and a short statement on essay strategy. Aristotle argues in Book Eight of the Nicomachean Ethics that the best sort of friendship is one based upon goodness. Aristotle asserts the objectionable premise that long-term relationships are better than short-term ones. This essay will interpret this to mean that one should avoid possible highly pleasurable transitory relationships in favor of the search for deeper, more lasting relationships. Aristotle stacks the deck in favor of his theory of moderation and excellence. These are not argued for, but are assumed to be, self-evidently true.