A Quick Note On Love and Passion -- Re: Plato
Love and passion are the daring sciences of the heart: accordingly they are not fit for the scared and obedient.
Here Zig breaks down a Plato's false conception about the nature of love -- for Plato was an unmarried bachelor, and based on his writings, would have benefited from securing the affection and attention of a great woman.
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In The Symposium Plato invents two popularly held misconceptions -- both still in circulation -- about the nature of love. First he says love is the process of becoming whole. We’re told that during creation we were originally a twofold person -- now we’re just one separated from our other complimentary half. Secondly he then equates love to a progression toward uncaring abstraction.
What’s troubling about both ideas is the behavior they encourage. In the first instance Plato supposes we love by recognizing our naturally bisected deformity -- and hence our lovers are reduced to emotional prosthetics and spiritual props.
Compared to eastern outlooks this vantage is entirely lamentable. From an Oriental perspective the universe is nothing and so are humans -- thus when a person dies there’s no gross wailing about supposed loss.
The other repulsive portrayal involves encouraging an uncaring preference for abstraction. Getting closer to abstraction, gaining knowledge about the logical connections between nearly unthinkable words, drains emotion and zest for life.
In the same platonic world -- traces of which are apparent found today -- we’re encouraged to desperately preserve our love manifest by producing children. Afterward we are then instructed to slowly forget the problems of the material world while preparing for death.
But today when we love it’s much different. We would never expect a partner to “complete” us. Why would we? There’s plenty of wholesome love to go around. Most of us have spent our lives saving up so much affection we’re almost too eager to share it.
So as far as love goes we’re already complete.
Why then would we look for a partner? What can they bring that we don’t already have?
Some call it spark -- a calculated resolve to become and admire excellent explorers of a wonderful world. This spark ignites all the love we’ve already accrued -- we then find the reaction combusting into a heated hearth necessary for deep mutual enjoyment of romantic satisfaction.
Which is why we have children -- to give them the best emotions and greatest knowledge of all the awesome things we’ve already seen and done. We don’t produce them to preserve our little meager ways like Plato says. Instead parents supply big expectations from their hot attractions -- and rightfully so.
And that is that friends.
With resolve and conviction,
Zigmund E. Reichenbach
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