Whenever I think of love there is one song that always seem to explain love to me. It’s based on Plato’s Symposium. February is a month is a month when everyone has love on his or her mind.
The problem is love is just being a relationship with someone. Love never comes in the packages we desire or when we want it to, love is the most surprising thing.
Love is something that comes in many forms from the love we share with family and friends, the love we share with lovers to the most unexpected loves that can destroy us or improve us.
Whatever type of love it is it a sacred gift a gift from the divine the ability to share ourselves completely with another person. For many years I would describe love as an emotion often discussed but rarely felt, mainly because I had not found my soul mate I had been relationships some very good but always doomed to end but that’s just life we are always searching for that perfect person.
Now I can remember a friend telling me when I was about 16 never to look for love as love will only arrive when your not looking for it. I never understood that statement until I met my soul mate as I was not looking for love and did really need to be in a relationship as I had to many other things going on at the time.
But without noticing I got a cupid bow in my ass and before I new it I was head over heals. As my relationship bloomed and I got to know about my partner I could see that our lives had travelled the same path we where so alike and we shared so much in common.
Now this relationship took about 5 – 6 years to get to the stage where started going out as a couple. Although this was a strange way of getting together the bonds between us where always slow drawing us together to we finally end up in the same place miles away from our original homes. It was like all of our lives had lead us to a single point in time but it was much more than as if it was not for our shared beliefs we would never of met in fact we probably passed each other every few days without meeting.
I have come to believe that true love is something that is eternal and shared by true soul mates our other sides and the poem and song below can sum up the idea of why we seek love and our soul mate.
Origins of Love
When the earth was still flat,
And the clouds made of fire,
And mountains stretched up to the sky,
Folks roamed the earth
Like big rolling kegs.
They had two sets of arms.
They had two sets of legs.
They had two faces peering
Out of one giant head
So they could watch all around them
As they talked; while they read.
And they never knew nothing of love.
It was before the origin of love.
The origin of love
And there were three sexes then,
One that looked like two men
Glued up back to back,
Called the children of the sun.
And similar in shape and girth
Were the children of the earth.
They looked like two girls
Rolled up in one.
And the children of the moon
Were like a fork shoved on a spoon.
They were part sun, part earth
Part daughter, part son.
The origin of love
Now the gods grew quite scared
Of our strength and defiance
And Thor said,
“I’m gonna kill them all
With my hammer,
Like I killed the giants.”
And Zeus said, “No,
You better let me
Use my lightening, like scissors,
Like I cut the legs off the whales
And dinosaurs into lizards.”
Then he grabbed up some bolts
And he let out a laugh,
Said, “I’ll split them right down the middle.
Gonna cut them right up in half.”
And then storm clouds gathered above
Into great balls of fire
And then fire shot down
From the sky in bolts
Like shining blades
Of a knife.
And it ripped
Right through the flesh
Of the children of the sun
And the moon
And the earth.
And some Indian god
Sewed the wound up into a hole,
Pulled it round to our belly
To remind us of the price we pay.
And Osiris and the gods of the Nile
Gathered up a big storm
To blow a hurricane,
To scatter us away,
In a flood of wind and rain,
And a sea of tidal waves,
To wash us all away,
And if we don’t behave
They’ll cut us down again
And we’ll be hopping round on one foot
And looking through one eye.
Last time I saw you
We had just split in two.
You were looking at me.
I was looking at you.
You had a way so familiar,
But I could not recognize,
Cause you had blood on your face;
I had blood in my eyes.
But I could swear by your expression
That the pain down in your soul
Was the same as the one down in mine.
That’s the pain,
Cuts a straight line
Down through the heart;
We called it love.
So we wrapped our arms around each other,
Trying to shove ourselves back together.
We were making love,
It was a cold dark evening,
Such a long time ago,
When by the mighty hand of Jove,
It was the sad story
How we became
Lonely two-legged creatures,
It’s the story of
The origin of love.
That’s the origin of love.
“The Origin of Love” is a song from the stage show Hedwig and the Angry Inch and subsequent film written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Stephen Trask wrote the song, which is based on a story from Plato’s Symposium.
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