Plato and Aristocracy

What Plato says about eros, its withholding, and how its withholding leads to inspiration seems to me to be a virile truth. The creative nature between any two comrades, it may be said, is inherently tied to the mostly unconscious sexual tension that lies between them. The more that this sexual tension is suppressed and sublimated through the friendship’s energy and direction—its expending in the most powerful and fulfilling of ways—the greater each friend has to benefit from that relationship and what creative energy they gain from it in their pursuits. […] In cases where such tension is breached with eros, it might be that it is penetrated in such a way as to allow the daemonic miasma beneath that broken membrane to remain and fester—perhaps in certain, more Dionysian spirits this is of an even higher creative drive into truth by beauty rather than beauty by truth. […]

Is Plato a great philosopher? We know such a title to be nonsensical by most current standards—but it is worthy an investigation. Of the little I know of that world in the written philosophy, what philosopher ever says one thing another has not? Do any philosophers really disagree with one another? In being forced to divide the world of the psyches into two, I am fond of the binary with philosophical souls on one side and the non-philosophical souls on the other. Did Plato see that differently? Subtracting one from his tripartite, what is the purpose of his Republic? To serve the discovery of inherent truths, that is, to provide the education for the Philosopher Kings—the philosophical souls. All other citizen duties are to mind their own business and stay out of political judgment, to do their duty to the city in such a way as to promote the continual harmony of themselves and the city’s affairs, so as to ultimately support the souls of the philosophically natured. […]

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