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ONE-STAR REVIEWS OF PLATO’S SYMPOSIUM

“Don’t read this if you’re a woman.”

“The Ancient Greeks (or these ones specifically) were full of crap.”

“Plato, you wanker. Shut up.”

“Some useful tips on curing hiccups.”

“A bunch of arrogant, misguided, ridiculous mental masturbation.”

“Plato and his crew were sketchy motherfuckers.”

“I think I’m just not into ancient Greek sausage fests.”

“I think anyone that gave anything Plato wrote more than two stars probably didn’t really read it and just wants to seem intelligent.”

“Near the end the characters had drinks by which Socrates was among them. Apparently he is the man because by a night of heavy drinking was still able to remain coherent. Kudos to him.”

“As is typical of Plato, he has some astonishingly good points about the nature of love butted right up against patent absurdity. But what more can one expect from a pagan philosopher?”

“Philosophy is a strange field to me. Most of the time, I can’t get past the idea that a philosopher’s main activity is making things up.”

And the most honest reviewer there ever was:

“(Socrates is the fucking worst.)”

… whereas they honoured Achilles the son of Thetis and despatched him to the Islands of the Blest, because he, when he learnt from his mother that he would die if he killed Hector, but that if he did not kill him he would reach home and die at a good old age, made the heroic choice to go to the rescue of his lover Patroclus and to avenge him, though this involved dying after him as well as for him. He thus earned the extreme admiration of the gods, who treated him with special distinction for showing in this way how highly he valued his lover.
—  Plato, The Symposium 
The bad man is the common or vulgar lover, who is in love with the body rather than the soul; he is not constant because what he loves is not constant; as soon as the flower of physical beauty, which is what he loves, begins to fade, he is gone ‘even as a dream,’ and all his professions and promises are as nothing. But the lover of a noble nature remains its lover for life, because the thing to which he cleaves is constant.
—  Plato, Symposium (trans. Walter Hamilton)
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Plato said human beings, in origin, were so many different from now.
There weren’t man and woman but one and only creature with two faces, four arms and legs, eyes and ears.
But these creatures, called hermaphrodites, were so strong and proud of themselves to challenge the gods..
So gods punished them. They divided these creatures in two halves. Since then, human beings are always looking for their half to go back to being one.
This search is very difficult because, in this world, for each of us there are only one, ONLY ONE, that make us a whole person again…However someone finds it.

Yesterday was the UKRMP/NHSBT focus group symposium. 

Lunch was finally had at 2pm, I walked out at one o clock to have mine because we were so far behind. 

If I ever become one of these academics that wont get to the friggin point and talks for eight days for a yes and no question, please shoot me.

Some interesting points were made, but they could have been made in half the time. I have no patience for long drawn out explanations.