“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”

This is not a quote from a romantic novel or a love book. It’s a saying by the giant Greek philosopher Plato, the student of Socrates, in his book the Symposium. No philosopher has examined and written about the subject of love as Plato did. In his work discussing love, we can see Plato’s magnificent writing style and perfect literature combined with his giant thoughts.

Sometimes we hear in movies or mocking friends the words “Platonic Love”; denoting a joke about how profound love is that it’s not realistic. But these are not mocking words, they are real. Platonic Love is the term describing love as Plato perceived and wrote about. To his view, Plato discussed the type of strong love, a chaste. He wrote extensively on how love is felt, how it has evolved, and its characteristics. He believed in the type of a non-sexual love; that lasts with the fire of feelings and emotions alone.

Whether Platonic Love is there these days or not. Plato in this quote is emphasizing the impact of love after it’s being felt and before it. That without love, one remains incomplete, until a significant other completes the song of their life together. And poetry is the words of the soul, as long seen by Greek philosophers. Thus, denoting how Plato perceived love to be an impact on the soul itself.

We seek to complete our incomplete songs by the mere whispers of our signficant others. The best of us comes out to those who we love; that’s how we should be waiting…and that’s how we should be reacting when it comes.

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

This is a saying by the French scientist and philosopher Blaise Pascal in his work Pensees (Thoughts) – a work that wasn’t completed before his death and is considered a masterpiece and landmark in French prose.

The saying here conveys an apparent matter, which is the physical condition of sitting alone in a room. Some people when hearing about this saying, they go in a room and experiment it to see how much they will be able to; some other laugh about it and say what’s sitting alone in a room for extended period got to do with resolving humanity’s issues. Well, both misunderstood Pascal’s intention from that saying.

Philosophers and scientists are more well acquainted with this saying because they experience it themselves. We sit alone for prolonged periods, we stay staring through windows or on objects, sometimes playing with moustache, hair curling, or a pen is involved. Why we witness this? Because our physical body is lost in the immersive mental activity of our minds…The body is just left floating on the silence and emptiness surrounding. Immersed in this activity, this state of sitting alone can continue for hours or days, with no boredom.

That said, it’s all about sinking deep in thinking and being there just for thinking. In this sense, Pascal was referring to the fact that humanity’s problems come from people’s poor afford to quality time for thinking, which results in deficient thinking and wrong actions. They take thinking as an inline activity they do while driving, sitting with people, or eating…At best when they even close their room and sit alone, they suffer two things: either feel boredom and rush to go out after some little time or they get distracted by other things other than the thought that should be in focus.

Retirement and sitting alone for ‘Real’ thinking that yields ‘Real Outcomes’ is the custom of thinkers and prophets. And thinking might not be for a specific situation (like thinking whether to buy this or that), but it’s thinking for itself (like thinking about one’s life and actions). It takes hard work to conceive the right thought and to reach the highest truth…And, this is not everything. After this effort is afforded, there is still the hard work of putting the achieved mental outcome into real practice.

 

You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink

An idiom emphasizing a role attempted by enlightened wise people. Efforts are exerted in putting facts, science, analysis, reflections, and thoughts…for the sake of humanity to be englightened. However, not a small amount of such people are putting an extra effort in attempts to sound the deaf. On top of the immersive mental efforts of thinkers, scientists, and principle-centered personalities, we seek and try hard to convince, teach, and change other personalities. We acknowledge that some are gifted to reach higher state of thinking and principles, nevertheless, we should also acknowledge the nature of this life; that amid all life seriousness and real values, there are some people who chose to live deaf. For this, to all thinkers, scientists, and real aware people mastering their lives truly: you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.

Schopenhauer on the Meaning of Life

I have received quite a lot emails from my blog readers & magazine readers over the past period – more than 30 email. Reading them led me to group issues into one cause, more or less: the Meaning of Life. I was at the time of preparing the next issue of UK The Philosopher magazine featured philosophical quote. For this reason, my choice of a the quote came to be on a subject related to meaning of life.

My choice fall on a quote for one of my favorite philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer; the philosopher who is named as the Pessimist. His philosophy is impressive for it came from a man of deep life observation and examination. In reading for him, his views come timeless and near to everybody’s life. I didn’t ever get enough of Schopenhauer!

The meaning of life is something that most of poeple think that they know: some think they are living the right life, some think they know what it’s all about, and some don’t bother thinking of it at all. These type of people are basically absent-minded. To live thinking that you are living a meaning is an illusion you are creating for yourself to feel satisfied with your life unless it’s based on reasons. I am not saying that we ought to suspect our lives or deny it (though this is a healthy step). What I am saying is that: We all may believe in our lives, that’s okay, but your belief must have reasons…and reasons must come from a value system and a reference line! This is the key. So when you live a life believing in it or thinking that you are a good person in a good living, first, stop yourself and base that belief on something trustable. The dangerous part is that not all of us are capable of undertaking this difficulty about living. Here comes the role of prophets, religion people, thinkers…etc. There has to be someone to take your hand…while you still possess your mind to judge what you are receiving. You may not get the mentality to reach something, but you will have it to judge what others have reached.

Schopenhauer on the Meaning of Life is the published name given to his quote of my choice for The Philosopher publication and Philosophical Investigations scholarly community of philosophers. In such article, I have theorized different lives and attempted to classify each in accordance to Existence. The article is out:

http://www.philosophical-investigations.org/Schopenhauer_on_the_Meaning_of_Life

Life is a journy; some win it and some lose it. Be the light or accompany a light; loss is then reduced.