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Ideals of Love in Platos Symposium As much as our society has become involved in the advancement of feminism and the equality of the sexes there is one fact that neither gender can ignore none can survive without the other Love and the want of a soul mate keeps each member of man and womankind in the constant search of the perfect person with whom to become one Yet if this bond is a necessity of the human race then why has the meaning purpose and pursuit of it eluded us for so many generations There has yet to be a one universal explanation of love and there has yet to be one who understands its powers fully As we see from Platos Symposium even to the wisest of men in a time when the search for knowledge was seen as the pathway to enlightenment love was still a concept that was not understood and unknown Though many of their guidelines and characteristics of love are wise some may not apply to modern society Platos Symposium serves as a pamphlet that depicts some of the guidelines of love as the philosophers of Platos time saw them The intervention of the Gods in the speeches of the philosophers can be interpreted to mean the different aspects of love and their affects on people It seemed as though in each of the lectures given Plato put a message into each one Each man brought up valid guidelines for dealing with love and each should be concentrated on The speeches started with Phaedrus who began to state many of the powers of love He spoke about the honor between one and their beloved and how it was a great virtue in a relationship The point that Phaedrus made was that a man of any nature would rather suffer humiliation in front of a great mass of people or all of mankind itself than to suffer the loss of
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