in my World Myth class and of course I’m inclined to share my thoughts here. We’re exploring love through the use of Plato’s Symposium, and the speaker Pausanias’ message partially resonates with me.
The concept of a meritorious love. That true love only comes from a relationship where each partner is a better person because of the other. They cause such genuine happiness and inspire the desire to be a better person, that those involved are eager to please the other.
And that’s what I believe. When you truly care for someone, and in this instance romantically, you should feel everything mentioned above, because anything less is not fair to your partner. And if you truly care about them, you’ll think that they deserve the world and more.
But have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends"