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Platos Symposium provides us with many different views and theories about love This drunken discussion of Eros presents ideas which have not lost their relevance in the millennia since Many things have changed and there have been a lot of different views on almost every subject known to man but the thoughts voiced in the Symposium still hold truth today However being what it was and that is many different peoples thoughts on the subjectof Eros there is a wide variety of theories to choose from Which of these speculations strikes a chord of truth in ones soul Diotima speaks through Socrates who is speaking through Plato when she gives her version of where love came from She says that Love is the child of Resource and Poverty conceived on the day that Aphrodite was born Poverty had come to the feast to beg and found Resource drunk and passed out Poverty saw an opportunity to gain more resources so she slept with him and became pregnant with Love Love is a follower of Aphrodite because He was conceived at the party following her birth and because He is naturally a lover of beauty and Aphrodite is beautifulGill 203cBecause of who His mother is Love is always poor and homeless He is quite tough from sleeping on the ground or in doorways and from wearing no shoes Because of who His mother is He is always in need but because of who His father is He is constantly scheming to get good and beautiful things Hes clever and skilled in hunting magic and acquiring knowledge Neither immortal nor mortal Love can spring to life in a day and then die before that day is over He can come back to life again like his father Resource but cannot hold onto the resources he has Being between mortality and immortality Diotima calls Love a great spiritGill202e These great spirits are sort of go-betweens for the Gods
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