So what are the Greeks really trying to tell us? Most strikingly, they found diverse kinds of love in relationships with a wide range of people — friends, family, spouses, strangers, and even with themselves. This contrasts with our typical focus on a single romantic relationship, where we hope to find all the different loves wrapped into a single person or soul mate. The message from the Greeks is to nurture the varieties of love and tap into its many sources. Don’t just seek eros, but cultivate philia by spending more time with old friends, or develop your ludus by dancing the night away.
February 1, 2014
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