Up@dawn 2.0

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Section 4
Randi Stanfill
            Platonic love comes from Plato, it is non sexual. Plato says, “To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way.” By this I think he means, once you have a good relationship with God then you can love as long as it is disciplined.
            Everyone has a different meaning of love. The word love could have meaning of affection, pleasure, compassion, and many more. My definition of love is caring for someone more than yourself and trusting that person with your life. Love is unconditional. It is also said in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails… From a Christian point of view, I think the best example of love comes from Jesus. It is the selfless act of dying on the cross to save us. He cared more about other people rather than himself and that’s what love is to me.
            Love to me is the feeling of being taken care of and having someone love you for yourself. When someone cares about someone they make an effort to show that they are there for them and they are willing to put themselves before others. People should not take others for granted and use them. That is not the definition of love. Love is showing someone you care, and shows someone that you can be loved no matter the situation or circumstances you have been through in the past. Accept people for who they are and do not forget to love unconditionally. That is what love is. That is exactly what Jesus did.
            Another philosopher, Aristotle acknowledged three types love: Agape, Eros and Philia. Agape is the highest form of love. Eros is more of a sexual love and philia is more of a love for family or friends.  Aristotle then went on to say that the categories of friendship are pleasure, utility and of virtue. He was more interested in friendship rather than love, but in order for this to happen, you must have self-love. Once you have self-love you will be better off and benefit others. Going off Aristotle, I also think you should have self-love and respect before you find “the one”. Because how can you love someone else if you can’t first love yourself?  When you love yourself and find someone to share your life with, you love that person fully. You would drop anything for that person and strive to make/ see them happy. Even if that means rearranging your life and/ or putting them before you. Love has no boundaries or reason why other than the two of you being together. Love is hard, love is patient, love is kind and love is for sure not easy. Strive to be the best and you will be the happiest you can be as long as you give your all.


1 comment:

  1. "Love has no boundaries or reason why other than the two of you being together" - Plato wants to move beyond interpersonal love to something transcendent, "God" in some traditions, "The Good" in his own idiom. The big question for a Platonist is whether romantic binary love can coexist with the transcendent type, or must be displaced by it. If the latter, most humans - not all, there will always be devout retirees from the mundane interpersonal world - will find that "Higher Love" ultimately unsatisfying.