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In the beginning, humans were androgynous. Not only did early humans have both sets of sexual organs, Aristophanes reports, but they were outfitted with two faces, four hands, and four legs.

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These monstrosities were very fast — moving by way of cartwheels — and they were also quite powerful. So powerful, in fact, that the gods were nervous for their dominion.

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The severed humans were a miserable lot, Aristophanes says. Finally, Zeus, moved by pity, decided to turn their sexual organs to the front, so they might achieve some satisfaction in embracing.

It is no mistake that Plato gives Aristophanes the most outlandish of speeches.

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This diagnosis should sound familiar to our ears. It is a profoundly moving, beautiful, and wistful account.

On one hand, of course, Aristophanes means something quite literal: Humans are inherently wounded, the Greek philosophers agreed.

At the very least, they friende, we are prone to fatal habits, seemingly engrained in our nature. Humans insist on looking for satisfaction in things that cannot provide real or lasting fulfillment.

These false lures include material goods, also power, and fame, Aristotle explained.

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A life devoted to any of these goals becomes quite miserable and empty. Christian philosophers, led by Augustine, accepted this diagnosis, 34491 mt lonely house wife added a theological twist. Pursuit of material goods is evidence of the Fall, and symptomatic of our Seeking educated male friends for platonic conversations nature. Thus, we are like aliens here in this world — or as the Medievals would put it, pilgrims, on the way to a supernatural destination.

Humans seek to satisfy desire in worldly things, Augustine saysbut are doomed, because we bear a kernel of the infinite within us. Thus, finite things cannot fulfill.

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We are Seeking educated male friends for platonic conversations in the image of God, and our infinite desire can only be satisfied by the infinite nature of God. In the 17th century, French philosopher Blaise Pascal offered an account of the wound of our nature more in tune with secular sensibilities. He claimed that the source of our sins and vices lay in our inability to sit still, be alone with ourselves, and ponder the unknowable.

We seek out troublesome diversions like war, inebriation or gambling to preoccupy the mind and block out distressing thoughts that seep in: The wound of our nature is the existential condition, Pascal suggests: Your soulmate, Hollywood says, may take a surprising, unexpected form — she may seem your opposite, but you are Seeking educated male friends for platonic conversations attracted nonetheless. Alternately, your beloved conversahions appear to be initially boorish or aloof.

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But you find him to be secretly sweet. Hollywood films typically ends once the romantic heroes find their soulmates, offering no glimpse of life post-wedding bliss, when kids and work close in — the real test of love.

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These are people who finish out their lives together and still cannot say what it is they want from one another. In short: What if in your search for true love, you cast about waiting or expecting to be star-struck — in vain?

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Is this one reason why, as the Pew Research Center reportswe see a record number of unmarried Americans?

Alternately, what if you dive into a relationship, marriage even, expecting the luster and satiation to endure, but it does not, and gives way to…ordinary life, where the ordinary questions and doubts and dissatisfactions of life reemerge and linger?

Plato discusses love (erôs) and friendship (philia) primarily in two dialogues, the conversations have to mesmerize, obsess, and educate. Hippothales, like Socrates, loves beautiful boys and philosophical discussions (b6–a3). . desire to adopt a passive, slavish, female pleasure-seeking role. Contact with male friends is always brief; a handshake, or a pat on the back. The contact these boys seek is often deemed confusing or even sexually suspect. We are not typically taught that we can touch and be touched as a titled The Power of Vulnerability talks at length about the limitations men. NYM M Platonic Relationship — And friendship with woman, any age, desired by Seeks tall, Ivy-educated or equivalent male counterpart who is equally educated, , involved with own career, who loves good conversation and.

In his book Modern Romanceactor and comedian Aziz Ansari tells of a wedding he attended that could have been staged by Aristophanes himself:.

They were saying the most remarkable things about each other. Romance is often the start of many headaches and heartaches.

And why put such a burden on another person in the first place? It seems unfair. Why look to your partner to heal an existential wound — to heal your soul?

This is an immense responsibility no mere mortal can address. I accept the backhanded critique Plato offers here through Aristophanes.

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Though I am hardly an expert on the matter, I have found his message quite accurate platonuc this respect: I should specify: If soulmates exist, they are made and fashioned, after a lifetime partnership, a lifetime shared dealing with common duties, enduring pain, and of course, knowing joy.

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I suspect many do: Johnny LaiCC BY Your soulmate, Hollywood says, may take a surprising, unexpected form — she may seem your opposite, but amle are inexplicably attracted nonetheless. Aristophanes places demands and expectations on love that are quite extreme. Does true love exist? In his book Modern Seeking educated male friends for platonic conversationsactor and comedian Aziz Ansari tells of a wedding he attended that could have been Seekkng by Aristophanes himself: True love is more mundane.

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