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Love is a profoundly tender passionate affection for another person Love means different things for different people and there are numerous types of love In Platos Symposium the reader is given outlooks the definition of love Socrates arguably one of the greatest minds in the world quotes a philosopher Diotoma and explains her view on love Agathon one of Socrates acquaintances takes an opposite view on the matter Although they do not share the same view they both realize that love has more than one characteristic and definition Diotoma felt that love is a desire or a yearning for a lack of something a lack of beautiful and good things therefore love is neither beautiful nor good Love drives us to desire some Some love stays unfulfilled while true love seeks satisfaction that is more permanent Diotoma goes on to say there are two ways to receive permanent satisfaction from being in love The first way is through giving birth and according to Diotoma this phenomenon is a way for people to become immortal Humans procreate in order to live vicariously through their offspring The other way is through ascent of love which is love of someones outer appearance such as their body and facial structure Thus love desires the good and beautiful forever Diotoma also did not believe Love to be a god because she said that he was stuck between ignorance and wisdom In order for Love to be a god he would have to have wisdom Also she went on to say that he inherited some traits from his mother and others from his father He is tough and shriveled and shoeless and homeless always lying on the dirt without a bed sleeping at peoples door steps in roadsides under the sky having his mothers nature always living with Need 48203d His physical appearance came from his mother and that meant that he was not beautiful Agathon had the opposite
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