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Eros possibly one of the most difficult words for man to define is cleverly studied in Platos Symposium Philosophy is the most perfect form of love in fact since the philosopher is the lover of wisdom and wisdom is the most beautiful thing of all The lover is intermediate between being beautiful and ugly if he were ugly he would have no appreciation of beauty Diotima in her speech explains that while almost all kinds of desire can be considered to be Eros is can be defined as the desire that exists between two human beings In her speech Diotima discussed Eros in terms of reproduction She also discussed beauty and the nature of it Not only this but she also discussed sexuality Love is not a god according to Diotima but is a spirit that mediates between people and objects of their desire He is a daemon a spirit between human and immortal He is neither wise nor beautiful but is the desire for wisdom and beauty The idea that Eros is not a selfish desire as one might think Instead it is ones desire to live their lives as happily and as beautiful as possible Also it is to create something that will last eternally Love is leaving ones mark on the world attaining eternal fame thus immortality Love can be almost selfless through creating things that will last forever often one creates things that better society itself Things that man creates in his quest for immortality will seek an immortality of their own Creation is a never-ending chain almost like the immorality of the gods themselves Diotima explained or rather proved through questioning Socrates that Eros is ones desire to have the good forever Human beings are mortal They cannot live forever but naturally seek after immortality Ideology throughout many religions would support the fact that many human beings seek to be as close to god as possible Humans seek power authority
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