Stoics’ Interpretation of Love

“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate binds you together but do so with all your heart.” – Marcus Aurelius What do we mean when we consider someone “Stoic”? We generalise a person under the category when he/she doesn’t show much emotional reaction to situations or circumstances.Continue reading “Stoics’ Interpretation of Love”

Love as a “Religion”: Vedanta Philosophy

“Vedanta teaches us that consciousness is singular, and happenings are played out in an universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves.”- Erwin Schrodinger There is much of a discussion about the fact if Vedanta should be considered a religion or just a philosophy. The most profound thing about Vedanta is that it isContinue reading “Love as a “Religion”: Vedanta Philosophy”

The Reality of Love: Narcissistic View

“They lie to your face without a second thought and there’s nothing you can do about it. In fact, the lies are their truth. You have to believe them anyway.” We have all explored the different dimensions of love in this series. Be it the idealistic approach which conveys multidimensionality as well as totality orContinue reading “The Reality of Love: Narcissistic View”

The reality of love: Sexual Prejudice

In the previous part of the series we evaluated Nietzsche’s view of the animal instinct involved in love. He tends to portray the idea of love as nothing but basic instincts of each and every human being which includes greed, ego, possession and love. In this part we would interpret the sexual prejudices in theContinue reading “The reality of love: Sexual Prejudice”

The Reality of love: Nietzsche

“There is always some madness in love, there is also always some reason in madness.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Idealism might enlighten our path providing us with the ideal characteristic of every concept but it is realism which challenges us with the fact that it is not always possible to achieve the ideal characteristics at all. RealismContinue reading “The Reality of love: Nietzsche”

Homosexuality in Archaic Greece

“A lover who loves goodness of character is constant for life.” – Pausanias, Pausanias’s speech (The symposium) Homosexuality is the most purest form of love. While the platonic explanation of “Other half” provides us with the authenticity to this particular statement, Diotima’s interpretation of love criticises the totality in the concept of “true love”. TheContinue reading “Homosexuality in Archaic Greece”

Diotima’s dialogue with Socrates

“Love’s purpose is physical and mental procreation in an attractive medium.” – Diotima, Socrates’s speech When we talk about ‘true love’, we often try to constrict it to absoluteness. Here’s the situation where Diotima’s perspective about ‘true love’ becomes significant as she initiates the dialogue with Socrates. She gets extremely annoyed by the narrow interpretationContinue reading “Diotima’s dialogue with Socrates”

Pausanias’s Paradoxes of Love

“Love looks after the good and overlooks the bad”- Agathon, The Symposium In the symposium, while everyone is arguing about the totality and relativity in the concept of love, Pausanias (an erastês) brings out the paradoxes involved in the concept of love. There are considerable amount of paradoxes which are proposed by Pausanias that makesContinue reading “Pausanias’s Paradoxes of Love”

The Myth of true love: The “Other Half”

“Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.” -Plato, The symposium In our lifetime,one day or the other we question ourselves about the true meaning of something the world considers the most beautiful feeling one can experience. Love! Everyone tends to perceive its meaning according to their own percept, intellectContinue reading “The Myth of true love: The “Other Half””

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