Plato’s ladder of love

In Plato’s “Symposium,” he describes a “ladder of love” that begins with love for a single person.

He is speaking of the love that starts with attraction. If that relationship buds and the love progresses, the initial spark that provided “chemistry” grows into a concern for your mate’s well being.

Their goals and spiritual progress become important to you. If that is nurtured properly, Plato contends, that love will further bloom into a love for others, a concern for community.

Eventually love for that special someone who caught your eye leads to a love of politics. Sounds like a leap?


About genemyers

Gene Myers is a New Jersey poet, music journalist and columnist who learned to walk twice. His weekly column is called The Joy of Life. He was awarded first place in Arts and Entertainment Writing by The New Jersey Press Association.
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One Response to Plato’s ladder of love

  1. tsk2001 says:

    It leads to a love of PROGRESSIVE politics. What grows out of romantic love is a desire for social justice and equality.

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