Let's Talk About Love (Eros)
by, 10-16-2011 at 08:00 AM (391 Views)
Éros (ἔρως érōs) is passionate love, with sensual desire and longing. The Modern Greek word "erotas" means "intimate love;" however, eros does not have to be sexual in nature. Eros can be interpreted as a love for someone whom you love more than the philia, love of friendship. It can also apply to dating relationships as well as marriage. Plato refined his own definition: Although eros is initially felt for a person, with contemplation it becomes an appreciation of the beauty within that person, or even becomes appreciation of beauty itself. Plato does not talk of physical attraction as a necessary part of love, hence the use of the word platonic to mean, "without physical attraction." In the Symposium, the most famous ancient work on the subject, Plato has the middle-aged Athenian philosopher, Socrates argue to aristocratic intellectuals and a young male acolyte in sexual pursuit of him, that eros helps the soul recall knowledge of beauty, and contributes to an understanding of spiritual truth, the ideal "Form" of youthful beauty that leads us humans to feel erotic desire -- thus suggesting that even that sensually-based love aspires to the non-corporeal, spiritual plane of existence; that is, finding its truth, just like finding any truth, leads to transcendence. Lovers and philosophers are all inspired to seek truth through the means of eros."
- Taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_words_for_love
"I think that love is a hovering thing. It affects everything we do from that moment-of-clarity on, and is a driving force that is separately part of ourselves once we have it. Dependent, most undoubtedly, upon the one we do, and affects us as if to augment our decisions based upon that person we have combined our hearts with. One and the same, we cannot stray from it, nor can it stray far from us if we have attained the truest state of love, which is a singular floating unit."