What is love? A question that we have all asked and will no doubt ask again – and a pre-occupation of Western and Eastern Philosophy fo rmillennia.
One of the difficulties with understanding what love means is that it seems to mean lots of different things. Humans experience attraction to and intimacy with others in various shapes and forms. Aristotle recognised this, distinguishing between agape (unconditional love, associated with the highest form of spiritual belonging) from eros (romantic and serial love) and also from philia (close friendship or ‘brotherly love’). These ideas might seem old hat, but these concepts – together with other types of love defined by Plato – can help us to better understand the nature of love and how we express it towards ourselves and family, towards other ‘significant others’, and contribute to our communities. How do the ways in which we understandromantic, family and unconditional love in the contemporary world relate to these philosophical definitions and qualities?
Join coach Lana Morris and Reiki practitioner Steve Carroll to explore the meaning of love on Tuesday March 22, from 8.00pm at the Gate.
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