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189a-193d Speech of Aristophanes (the Dramatist): Eros is a healer.
The speech of Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium is notable in that its central metaphor survives to the present day. Though people are not generally aware of its attribution, in its genericized form it is part of contemporary discourse. Audiences require no explanation when hearing the title character in the film Jerry Maguire utter “You complete me” to the one he loves. Nor does she, but rather is overcome by the sentiment. It is a poetic formulation, the idea that human loneliness and the need for companionship are borne of estrangement from our original selves and that this eternal dissatisfaction was meted out by a higher power when we overreached our bounds. We had it, we blew it, we lost it. A later formulation of the same idea, the Old Testament tale of Adam and Eve, has achieved even wider cultural currency. In the conceptions of both Genesis and Plato's Aristophanes, companions share a connection rooted in the physical. Where Adam suffers the loss of a rib as raw material for the construction of his Eve, in Aristophanes the bonds between pairs of humans exist from the outset, as they share eight-limbed bodies, and the pain of their later separation is suggested by the bodily aspects of their forcible disjunction (26, 190E-191A). It is as though Aristophanes is responding to Eryximachus in kind, medical explanation for medical explanation.
Speech of Aristophanes - Plato The Symposium - TeacherTube
Recall too, the Fourth Speech of Aristophanes in Plato's .There we read that humans were once ball-like beings rolling through thecosmos. Such a prenatal experience can be recollected as a result of applyingthe -principle, the technique of thinking of nothing. In thewords of my Tao Meditation guide, Fangfu: In ordinary life it is the worldsurrounding us that determines our consciousness. In Tao Meditation itis the (gradually expanding) consciousness that determines (enhances) ourperception of the world.