Lovely Thoughts Essay

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A four-letter word seems to be all it takes to either get the full attention from the female gender or promise the fleeing of the entire male population. Love fills the minds of this corrupt world at such a young age; success in surviving the temptations of it proves near impossible. Love drives desires, wants, sin, and stress with pressures of looking good, feeling good, and needing the so-called “completion”. Although love colors beauty, it makes a mess wherever it may go. This is due to the fact that there are hundreds of different theories on the matter, and hundreds of more opinions as well. It seems as if all of life and philosophy derive from this one independent concept called love. Whether or not it was done purposely, both Plato and Augustine, two very influential philosophers, sought out the meaning and fulfillment of life through the act and desires of this love. The difference, however, stands between Plato’s transcendent views on love and Augustine’s journey for that completion.
This two-way journey all started with the concept that perfection is not of this earth, but rather in the skies or thoughts of helpless minds and souls. “Plato felt that the individual could not undergo a moral transformation while living in a wicked and corrupt society. For the individual to be able to achieve virtue, the state must be reformed” (Perry, 80). Understanding that truth was visible through the closed eyes of meditation and concentration. He saw the world as a horrible pit that brought down one by one the victims of its darkness. However, he saw passed the darkness and came up with the philosophy that light can be sought out through one’s self. Although beauty, light, truth, and love stood lost in corruption, Plato found it based on concentration. His views on love were solely dependent on the strife for truth. That truth he found not in earthly things, but rather above the darkness. Augustine also found love and truth, however he poured his journey for love into something he could place it in. “I was not in love as yet, but I was in love with love… I was looking for something to love, for I was in love with loving” (Augustine, 1). This philosopher felt lonely and abandoned because he needed the completion to be real rather than transcendent like Plato. He saw the world as corrupt but with hope. Although there was darkness, he believed that there was something more to it, that love and truth were still present.
In all reality, both concepts of worldviews and theories to success are similar for both philosophers. Plato sought a deeper meaning to the dark pit of the world, as well did Augustine. However, Plato noticed the love of truth in one’s self while Augustine reached out for somewhere to put his desires. Plato came to reality in this statement: “Now we surely know that when a man’s desires set strongly in one direction, in every other channel they flow more feebly, like a stream diverted into another bed” (Perry, 81). It is majestic in a...

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