Saturday, December 11, 2010
So often in everyday life, we hear or run into the term "platonic love." What differs it from "true love," one might ask?
Let's get into focus.
Many people regard "true love" as the highest form of love, without ever understanding the meaning behind the term.
Viewing it from platonic theory, first we need to refer to what Plato once proposed.
Back in Ancient Greece, Plato once established the Theory of Forms, which states that there are two worlds:
(1) The ideal (true) world, which is eternally unchanging and in complete perfection, and
(2) The real (present) world, where we live in, which is marked by the constant cycle or process of birth-maturity-decline-death-rebirth, and where everything is imperfect and ever-changing.
Plato said that everything we find in our real, sensual world, are copies of the true forms which abide in the ideal world. And, as copies, all that exists in the real world is marred by flaws and imperfection.
So is love.
True love is divine, eternal, perfect and unchanging. In the ideal world, love is kept pure without the least taint of imperfection.
What happens if true love is manifested in reality?
Yes, it will be degraded of its perfection and truth!
In fact, there are no two human beings on the planet who can love perfectly and purely without finding taints of imperfection in their relationship.
Suffice it to say that, from platonic point of view, true love cannot possibly exist on earth.
When you love someone so much, and wish to keep your love true, you might as well keep it to yourself and not manifest your love into a relationship, else you will find out that no matter how great your love really is, it can never reach perfection. It can never be true.
So would a platonist say.
I once recall a scene in the movie Dune, which stated this line, "Sometimes, when you love someone so much, you'll have to be willing to let him/her go for his/her own greater good."
And Shelley conveyed it perfectly when he wrote, "I can give not what men call love. But wilt thou accept not the worship the heart lifts above, and the heavens reject not -- the desire of the moth for the star, of the night for the morrow, the devotion afar from the sphere of our sorrow?"
True love means worship, my Friends.
And when we talk of worship, we know that no one else deserves being worshipped other than He who dwells in the realm of eternal light and perfection, the Creator and Keeper of our souls.