My Platonic Reasons

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Platonic love is a chaste and strong type of love that is non-sexual (Example, a best friend). The term "platonic love" can also be referred to as a secret love or an unrequited love.

Amor platonicus was coined as early as the 15th century by the Florentine scholar Marsilio Ficino. Platonic love in this original sense of the term is examined in Plato's dialogue the Symposium, which has as its topic the subject of love or Eros generally.

Of particular importance there are the ideas attributed to the prophetess Diotima, which present love as a means of ascent to contemplation of the divine.

For Diotima, and for Plato generally, the most correct use of love of other human beings is to direct one's mind to love of divinity. In short, with genuine platonic love, the beautiful or lovely other person inspires the mind and the soul and directs one's attention to spiritual things.

One proceeds from recognition of the beauty of another to appreciation of beauty as it exists apart from any individual, to consideration of divinity, the source of beauty, to love of divinity.

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A soul mate is someone you have a very deep connection. It is not always easy explained. It is a meeting of mind, heart, body and soul on the highest of levels. Communication is at its easiest, as they understand you perfectly, and accept you completely with no judgments.

It was said that once; Man, was a creature so mighty and magnificent that no feat was impossible to achieve. He had two heads, four arms and four legs; and his power great.

Zeus, the Gods who grew wary of men however, could not find it within themselves to let men simply exist to challenge their own existence and power that only Gods wield. And so, men were split into two complete halves. Both with only one head, two arms and two legs; but yet these halves mourned the loss of their twin.

A deep tug of emotional bond that transcends everything else held the halves in place as they began their search for each other. Henceforth, men shall wander the plains, wide and open; in search of their other halves as to which the soul may finally be complete and whole.

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[Primeval man] could walk upright as men now do, backwards or forwards as he pleased, and he could also roll over and over at a great pace, turning on his four hands and four feet, eight in all, like tumblers going over and over with their legs in the air; this was when he wanted to run fast …

Terrible was their might and strength, and the thoughts of their hearts were great, and they made an attack upon the gods ... Doubt reigned in the celestial councils.

Should they kill them and annihilate the race with thunderbolts, as they had done the giants, then there would be an end of the sacrifices and worship which men offered to them; but, on the other hand, the gods could not suffer their insolence to be unrestrained.

At last, after a good deal of reflection, Zeus discovered a way. He said: 'I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us.

They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg.'

—Aristophanes, Plato's Symposium