Posted by Kelley on February 03, 1998 at 23:23:53:
In response to This is off the topic, but...., written by Jennie on February 03, 1998 at 21:26:32
] Have you heard a Greek myth that says something about humans being connected with each other, but one day, Zeus separated everyone and from then on, human beings spend the rest of their lives looking for their other half...I think that's how it goes....
Yes! I love Plato's parable. Basically, the story is about the male-female sex that once populated the world. In their bisexual form, these people had enough power to challenge the gods, who, displeased, proceeded to bisect the hermaphroditic race. The two halves have since searched and yearned for the complementary other. The combining of the two heals the natural structure of man, making one from two. (This story, in fact, was mentioned in the afterword to my edition of Persuasion, but applies here as well.)
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