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The Symposium by Plato
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it was amazing

A short debate on the nature of love from old and wise Athenian men. The debate ends with the speech of the wisest of them all, Socrates.

The speech and logic of Socrates are so beautifully crafted that almost leads you to enlightenment. Only the truly beautiful leads to happiness, goodness, truth, and virtue. Everything else is ego entertainment.

Some parts I enjoyed:
-Socrates sat down. ‘It would be a happy state of affairs, Agathon, if wisdom were something that could flow between us through mere contact, from the one who is full to one who is empty, like water flowing along a strand of wool from a full cup to an empty one

-But the lover who loves a virtuous character remains constant for life, because he is joined with that which remains constant

-What is the function of a spirit?” I asked. “Interpreting and conveying all that passes between gods and humans: from humans, petitions and sacrificial offerings, and from gods, instructions and the favours they return. Spirits, being intermediary, fill the space between the other two, so that all are bound together into one entity

-Love is the desire to possess the good always”. “That is very true”

-Do you not reflect”, she went on, “that it is there alone, when he sees the beautiful with that by which it has to be viewed, that he will give birth to true virtue? He will give birth not to mere images of virtue but to true virtue, because it is not an image that he is grasping but the truth. When he has given birth to and nurtured true virtue it is possible for him to be loved by the gods and to become, if any human can, immortal himself”.

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Reading Progress

May 30, 2017 – Shelved
May 30, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
September 5, 2019 – Started Reading
September 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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