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Platonic love.

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Introduction

Platonic love is defined as love conceived by Plato as ascending from passion for the individual to contemplation of the universal and ideal or a close relationship between two persons in which sexual desire is nonexistent or has been suppressed or sublimated. In Symposium, Plato discusses various types of love through the dialogue of his speakers, and it is through this that we are able to go beyond a simple definition and truly understand the nature of Platonic love, its importance in ancient Greece, and its relevance to our lives today. For Plato, the search for virtue is capable of being attained through platonic love, the love of true Beauty. Only after one has ascended past the basic forms of love, (the love of beautiful bodies, and the love of wisdom) ...read more.

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This speech focuses on the fact that loving just the sexual act is a young base type of love, which included both the love of women and lust for young boys. The real love is that of strictly men (older boys) and is love out of virtue, and what is right. The importance of Platonic love for Plato in his time was the direct tie of the love of Beauty to true virtue. Plato further specifically states that "The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given birth to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he." So we are capable of seeing the value that love has on virtue and that virtue has on immortality. ...read more.

Conclusion

Thus it is difficult for many conceive that two people might have something greater than purely physical love (lust), or that you can achieve anything greater without having a physical aspect. Yet, it is possible. It is possible to love someone, for who they are inside and out, and to love them and accept them, without desiring or needing a physical relationship. That you have so much respect, love and trust in that other person that you don't need anything else than to be around them and have their companionship and support. This to many is not as important a type of love, especially for college students, for it lacks a physical element. Yet in the greater view of life, it is the most important and the most lasting type of love that can exist. Thus it is far greater and more difficult a love than that of the physical playful type. ...read more.

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