symposium

untitled via 8tracks

  1. intro - the xx
  2. sex (acoustic) - the 1975
  3. tessellate - alt-j
  4. baby came home - the neighbourhood
  5. cigarette daydreams - cage the elephant
  6. florida kilos - lana del rey
  7. lurk - the neighbourhood
  8. stolen dance - milky chance
  9. often - the weeknd
  10. breezeblocks - alt-j
  11. feels like we only go backwards - tame impala
  12. fake tales of san francisco - arctic monkeys
  13. i’m with you - grouplove
  14. everything is embarrassing - sky ferreira
  15. mind over matter - young the giant
  16. west coast - the neighbourhood
  17. read my mind - the killers
  18. see the sun (alternate version) - the kooks
  19. sam’s town (abbey road version) - the killers
  20. flightless bird, american mouth - iron & wine
  21. shades of cool - lana del rey
  22. you - the 1975
  23. mardy bum - arctic monkeys
  24. take it or leave it - cage the elephants
  25. so american (woodkid remix) - portugal. the man
  26. if you wanna - the vaccines
  27. colours - grouplove
  28. the youth - mgmt
  29. aoyama - esta.

A youth reclines at a symposium, holding an aulos (double flute), while a woman dances in front of him.  The accompanying inscription reads ΠΙΛΙΠΟΣ ΚΑΛΛΙΣΤΟ<Σ> (“Philip is most handsome/beautiful”).  Tondo of an Attic red-figure kylix, attributed to the Brygos Painter; ca. 490-480 BCE.  Found at Vulci; now in the British Museum.

Excuse me, can we just take a moment to notice that Nico was so busy blaming himself that he misunderstood (or maybe misread) Plato’s story?

In BoO he says he read about combo humans being split in half by Zeus, generating two halves, man and woman, that search for each other for completeness. When I read that part I started to cry, because he got the wrong version of the story.

You see, I studied Ancient Greek literature and language in high school. Our homework every week was to translate a text from Ancient Greek. In my last year, we translated the Symposium, and this very story as well. It’s Aristophanes’ speech about Love.

Nico got it wrong.

The combo humans had tree genders. There were the males, the females, and the androgynes. When Zeus split the androgynes, he generated a male half and a female half, that’s true. But when he did the same to the others, the halves where both male or both female.

I remember this well because I thought it was so deep and sweet, and it hurt me to read how Nico felt sad about it just because he didn’t know the whole story.

He has a place in this world just like everyone else.

“According to greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves”

Plato, Symposium

… said that, I still believe that two whole halves (an oxymoron?) meet and share their completeness, to achieve an even better completeness together.