Friday, January 17, 2014

“Is Platonic Love a Forbidden Love?” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” - Leo Buscaglia

Many people don’t understand the real meaning of ‘platonic love’. It is a love between two persons without involving sex. It has been named after famous philosopher - Plato. It is quite common among friends irrespective of the gender. In this relationship, people express their emotions and feelings to others in a friendly manner. It is more aggressive in opposite gender as there is a tendency to get attracted to opposite sex. It is based on cultural factors, and is often misunderstood by the society. For instance, a student may have platonic relationship with teacher and vice versa.  Also, a married woman who does not have sons may often interact with young boys, and a married man who doesn’t have daughters often talk to young girls to fill the vacuum.

Platonic love may also be possible when a woman develops attraction towards another man and talks when she doesn’t get the adequate attention she needed from her husband. So is the case of man who does not get attention from his wife but looks somewhere else to fill the vacuum. In both cases, sexual element is not involved.

Platonic love is not a romantic love. In romantic love, people may resort to sex while it is not so in platonic love.  In platonic love, a person loves another person not because of physical attraction but because of non-physical attributes such as intelligence or special characteristics which are intangible and beyond the face of another person Here goes the story of a beautiful young girl with an old philosopher:

A young girl wanted to have sex with an aged philosopher so as to conceive a child with his brain resembling her beauty. But the philosopher replied, “What happens if the child is born with your brain and my beauty.”  In fact, the philosopher was not good looking but had a great sense of humor. The young woman wanted to have a romantic relationship but the philosopher ended it with platonic relationship through his sense of humor.  To conclude, platonic love is not a forbidden love. It is an accepted love that happens in regular lives among the people but they are not acquainted with this term.

“There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love.” - Kay Knudsen

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