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The Symposium by Plato
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Aug 15, 2011

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This is the source of Plato's theory of love, which has been watered down drastically over the centuries to the modern term of "platonic love". Plato's idea of love was almost the opposite of the what that modern term means. It was not about love between a man and a woman which is not sexual, but it was about a love between two men which is very much sexual (Greek word: eros), but where the sex is not acted on and so the love can rise to a higher, more spiritual level. Rather than denying sex it is using it to reach a spirituality. And it is definitely only about sexual love between men.

I don't agree with not acting on the sexual desire, but I do agree that a love can reach that spiritual level, and include the sex, whether it is a same sex relationship or an opposite sex one.

Check also the Phaedrus for the same topic.

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