Plato's Concept Of Love

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Deep and long-lasting, loved-filled, true friendships can save more lives than any other relationship. This is where my story begins as it was the love of a friend that got me through the impossible and gave new meaning to the saying turning lambs into lions. The most frustrating thing about chronic illness is the loss of self that accompanies it. The diagnosis, or initial lack of it in my case, has a cruel way of turning your life upside down and backwards. Everything you knew about yourself disappears and you are left with someone you do not recognize. Being a once athletic, cheerful teenager with a positive outlook on life at the time, it was hard to look in the mirror months after the onset of symptoms and see this mutated version of yourself. …show more content…
The renowned philosopher states that there are four images of the source and purpose of love that are still recognizable today. This secular component can easily be found within my story as it attests to Plato’s notion that love makes us “whole” as individuals. For instance, as my symptoms became more apparent and debilitating, the positive attitude I had tried so hard to preserve began to deteriorate and my spirit was essentially breaking. It felt like my body, the one thing that had always been there for me, that I could always control, was letting me down, that it was broken. Consequently, this greatly affected my mental health and not only had I lost my sense of identity but I also lost my sense of worth, afraid of the burden I was placing on others. As my depression unveiled how insidious it could truly be, I felt like my world would never be the same and that the physical pain and mental toll would never diminish. Although, my illness and depression became too much for some to handle, Will remained by my side. He put his all into making the best of the situation I was in and was determined to help me feel content and whole once again, in a way he pieced me back together. He did not fix me, but he remained by my side as my greatest support system while I did that on my own. I am forever thankful for the fact that he gave me back my …show more content…
We love those that can inspire in us a promise of this and the hope of an abiding grounding for our life. Chronic illness and depression had a vindictive way of taking away my sense of purpose and made it impossible for me to see an end in sight, let alone a positive one. I contemplated taking my life repeatedly and without Will and the friendship love he showed me, I can honestly say I would not be here today. I think something all humans secretly strive for is to find our purpose and realize that we do in fact have a place in this world, a home for our being, only then can we be content. My best friend saved my life by showing me that I was strong enough to get through this period of suffering that almost cost me my life. That life did not need be so difficult, that there was always hope, no matter how faint it seemed. I do not believe that you can truly save someone from themselves, you can only love and support them and hope that in turn it makes them want to save themselves, and that is exactly what happened in my case. Will’s love ignited something in me that gave me the courage to move forward, his love grounded me and made me feel alive for the first time in months. Will became my home and through him I found my sense of purpose and a reason for living. Suicide does not rid you of your pain but rather transfers it to your loved

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