The love is a feeling that one experienced person to another
when it causes him happiness, pleasure and comfort. When a human being loves
someone, he tries to generate in the other those positive things that he feels
platonic, meanwhile, is an adjective that
refers to what is linked to the doctrine of the Greek philosopher Plato and
to what is sincere and disinterested.
The idea of platonic love, in this way, is associated with the concept of
love relationship raised by Plato in "Phaedrus" and "The
Banquet". For the philosopher, love arises from the desire to
discover and admire beauty. The process begins when someone
appreciates physical beauty and then progresses to spiritual beauty.
The maximum stage of platonic love implies the pure, passionate and
detached admiration of the essence of beauty. This essence is eternal,
perfect and unalterable and does not include a sexual interest. Platonic love is
not oriented to the person, but to beauty itself.
On a simpler level, Platonic love is understood to be one that is idealized and
does not encompass sexual desire. By extension, in colloquial language Platonic
love is mentioned as the romantic feeling that one has for a person
that, for some reason, is unattainable. Therefore, such love cannot
include a sexual bond.
Platonic love is very common during adolescence, a stage in
which people begin to know each other more from an emotional point of view, and
very often we fall in love with famous artists, our teachers or some adult with
whom it is not possible to be, for different social reasons.
It is very important to highlight that this idea of an impossible to reach
or unrequited love with which the concept of Platonic love is defined in
everyday speech is not correct, since it has no relation to what is described
in the Platonic dialogues mentioned above, who has a very
different philosophical approach.
According to Plato, when we meet beauty, love arises in us, which can be
defined as the impulse or determination that pushes us to know
and contemplate it. It is a series of phases that occur gradually; In each of
them, the human being appreciates a particular type of beauty, as we can see
* body beauty: this first phase can be divided into two
steps, since first we feel love for a beautiful body in particular, and then we
appreciate physical beauty in general;
* the beauty of souls: once we have gone through the
appreciation of the physical aspect of a
person, we begin to focus within, on the moral and cultural plane, and thus love
can transcend the flesh and target the soul;
* the beauty of wisdom: the admiration of the spirit leads
to a love of knowledge, something that goes beyond the concrete servitude of
* beauty in itself: if we have been able to overcome each
of the previous phases, then the love for beauty in itself,
detached from any object or subject, is revealed to us. It is
the highest level of love.
This last step is characterized by knowing passionately, disinterestedly and
purely beauty, a feeling that is not corrupted or altered with
the passage of time, and which also points to the cause and origin of such
beauty, which is unique in itself. Therefore, it is not an impossible love, but
one that is based on the appreciation of ideas and perfect,
intelligible and eternal forms.