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The Symposium by Plato
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Jul 09, 10


Symposium is Greek for “drinking party,” and it is in this setting of steady drinking and revelry where Socrates’ inquiry into the nature of love takes place among friends and acquaintances. The Symposium is my favorite of Plato’s dialogues and I especially enjoyed reading about the myth of love’s origins: how we humans were once one being—not sexless, but made of both sexes, and these creatures felt so powerful that they tried to scale the heights of heaven until incurring the wrath of Zeus, ruler of the Greek Gods, who separated them in his anger. As a result, we now come into this world—as Aristophanes so beautifully explains at the party—feeling as though we’ve been sawed in half, two separated selves searching for one another, longing to come together again as one.
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