Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Love and Immortality
I think Plato was almost right when in the “Symposium” Socrates suggests that love or Eros is more than the desire for the beloved and is actually the longing for the immortal “good.” This, according to Plato (Socrates) accounts for the desire for generation and reproduction. Physical reproduction is inspired by the Beautiful, which is a sacred Idea in Plato. Then he goes on to say that any kind of creation follows this same desire for immortality.
I say Plato “almost” got it right because I believe that the non-material definition, or the sacred word or Idea of “good” is only secondary to the real living object defined as good. We evolve in the material world toward the ultimate or zenith of goodness, beauty, intelligence, truth, etc, which is defined as the supermaterial object, or objects, of Godhood.
It seems to me that both Nietzsche and Freud were limited in their definitions of love as the power-drive (Nietzsche), or the pleasure-drive (Freud). Love and reproduction, essentially, strive toward evolving in the material world to supermaterial Godhood, which is the zenith of beauty, truth and goodness, intelligence, higher consciousness, etc. This can help guide us in the direction evolution seems to want to go.... It could also suggest a new kind of evolutionary therapy, or psychotherapy, related to the essential drive of life (the material Spirit-Will) activating life from within to evolve toward supermaterial Godhood.