By David J. Fekete
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He has concluded his work on love in ecstasy. 45 In this work, Ovid provides cures for the wounds of Cupid’s arrows, So now listen to me young men who have been so deluded, Whom, for all your pains, love has completely betrayed. I have taught you to love — do you want to know how to recover? 46 The lover must assess his or her chances early on. If you are suspicious of the outcome, get out before you are in too deep: 44. “Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain” (Genesis 4:1).
Plato wants no union of lovers as we saw in Daphnis and Chloe. I call Plato’s love “Transcendental Love,” because it causes the lover to transcend every created thing. It calls upon the lover to subdue passion and live in dispassionate contemplation. The Ideal Forms are eternal; if the soul wants immortality, it must contemplate the eternal Ideal Forms. Either Or We have looked at two authors and their approaches to love. Both authors come from the Greek tradition. Both authors see love as a divine blessing.
Ovid’s general rule is, “If you like what you get, you will get what you like” (p. 149). Do not blame a girl for flaws of her nature or person: Where’s the advantage in that? Better pretend them away. . Words have a magical power to mitigate many shortcomings: If she is blacker than tar, tanned is the term to employ. Cross-eyed? She looks like Venus! Albino? Fair as Minerva! Thin as a rail? What grace lies in her willowy charm! If she’s a runt, call her cute; if fat, a full-bodied woman: Dialectic can make grace out of any defect (pp.
A Rhapsody of Love and Spirituality by David J. Fekete