Philosophy #107

“Love is a serious mental disease.”
Plato, Phaedrus

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This quote left me speechless, not cause it is so close to the truth, but cause it is so simple yet so complex. I even believe there could be volumes and volumes of books dedicated to just this little, simple yet complex, quote.

What is a mental disease? Well, according to http://www.dictionary.com, a mental disease is “any of various disorders in which a person’s thoughts, emotions, or behavior are so abnormal as to cause suffering to himself, herself, or other people.”

With that definition in mind, we can easily say that when somebody is in love, they relinquish all control over their thoughts. Their emotions become abnormal? I would have to say YES!!! Perhaps even the way they behave with others as well?
Every single aspect of life changes, it’s like walking blind in the desert where the only thing that taunts you is the uncontrollable wind.

When we are in love, we forget about ourselves and the things that makes us happy. We focus only on the other person, WHY? Simple really, cause we love that feeling of bliss we get when we are with the loved person, that unconquerable illusion that everything is possible.

In our world LOVE has become an addiction and SELF love is no longer a goal or even a word. Plato was right. Could it be possible that if we love ourselves, our perception of love could change? In the future, could love be an incentive or would it stay forever as a goal?

In effect, times change, but there are things that seem to stay the same and one of those things is LOVE. Would the time come when we say “Plato was wrong”?

The sad part about all of this is that we all have been infected with that disease ones in our lives, some others continue getting infected without learning the biggest lesson of them all: LOVE IS A BEAUTIFUL THING, BUT ONLY IF YOU LOVE YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE OTHER TO LOVE YOU (arguably the most difficult task of a human being).

Love conquers all but it also destroys. There is so much behind that four letter word that meets the eye. Love is not just pink hearts all the time, love is sacrifice. Love tears apart every sense of SELF and shatters hearts. There is so much more I could try to express, but it is a big spiral; it would never end.

Indeed, we need love in the world but at times it could be harmful to ourselves. At times, it becomes a deep obsession and obsession could eat a human being alive. Madness could be right around the corner when it comes to love. Our father of Philosophy was right, “Love is a serious mental disease.” (Now, that is my opinion)

Leave your thoughts about this quote, I am intrigued to read how you perceive this quote or how you can dissect it further. Thank you and don’t forget to think, for a thing will be just a thing, until you think beyond that thing.

34 thoughts on “Philosophy #107

  1. Love is a serious mental disease if you let it become that.
    Love yourself first, then love another, but always make sure you stay true to yourself within any relationship; with you soulmate, with a friend, a relative, a neighbor.
    That’s my humble opinion. All I can say, I love you my friend and I told you just yesterday (again) why.
    XxX

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  2. Love is a sickness… People can certainly mess with people’s minds, with emotion of all kind. Which emotion hurts most and when, any one can guess but none of us knows. Inner turmoil of all emotions causes the greatest pain. Great post and explanation.

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  3. Oh I agree with every word You’ve said here. For me self love seems to be a place I visit every now and then but even come out of it too, only to get back though. 🙂 LOVE is like GOD for me now. I admit I am agnostic currently 🙂 discovery yet awaiting 🙂

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  4. In my opinion love is not a mental disease. To even consider love being such one would have to know the true meaning of love. I do agree love begins with loving yourself 1st; “the greatest challenge humankind will ever face.” To that end, discovering the true meaning of love involves microscopic evaluation and testing of everything we’ve been taught about love. Ex, someone has to have a perfect body, be intelligent, of a certain religion, belong certain economic class, etc, etc, in oder for use to even think about liking them let alone love. Not questioning and living these false beliefs will bring you into the mind frame of thinking love to be “serious mental disease” because people are constantly living in states of fear, anxiety, depression, oppression, no self worth and lack of opportunities trying to obtain that which society, parents, friends, the media all associate with having love. The question is why? To really discover the true meaning of love we must let our belief system fall by the wayside. The turmoil crops up when we cannot let go of our belief system, or when we a not given love after obtainment of those worldly and vain things everyone has so long attached to love. Truly think about why self love is a challenge because people in this world have led so many others to adopt untruths about themselves not being pretty enough, handsome enough, or too big, too small, poor, unworthy, etc. Had we not taken those beliefs on as our own, would loving ourselves be the “greatest challenge?” I think not! Self love would be a no brained and when we ourselves, truly love ourselves we love each other and the narcissistic, superiority frame of mind cannot exist, because I love myself, I love others, and in loving others I love myself more. In loving myself more I love others more and the cycle continues. Every living organism on this planet is connected to each other. Love is not a disease or disorder it is our inability to tap in and listen to, our greater inner beings that troubles humankind.

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    1. I totally agree with you until that last sentence: “Love is not a disease or disorder it is our inability to tap in and listen to, our greater inner beings that troubles humankind.”
      To me love is our ‘ability’ / method to find your true inner self and therefore the way to fulfill that circle of love you described.

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      1. I apologize for the incorrect punctuation. The sentence should read, Love is not a disease or disorder, the disease or disorder results from our inability to seek, listen to, and tap into our greater inner beings. I change the wording as well.

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  5. This is so fascinating! And I think part of what makes the journey of discovering what love really is so amazing, is that love is such a challenging word to define… as our inner ‘feeling’ and definition of love depends on every relationship, human interaction, God interaction and even interaction we had with the rest of creation… wow what a beautiful and challenging journey… I think the esssence of the challenge is that there is so many nuances of love… God-love, loving someone unselfishly, loving because of need, loving because of lack, loving from a place of being fulfilled and happy ib self, loving sacrificially, loving with infatuation, loving with commitment and loyalty, loving because of honouring a vow you made, loving because you really adore the person… true love… etc etc etc…
    Loving is so beautifully unique…
    yet we all desire a specific defenition of it…and the journey, I guess… is to find out what that defenition is!
    Love it! Let’s discover love!!!!!!!

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  6. Everyone who was in love before has returu about self_love including me and I think that’s what thev purpose is….emotions of life ,how r u?

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  7. EL AMOR , DARÍA PARA ESCRIBIR PAGINAS COMO DICES EN ESTO MOMENTOS YO LO SIENTO PROFUNDAMENTE Y A LOGRADO LLENAR TODOS LOS ESPACIOS QUE ME DEJO LA VIDA, PERO HABLO DEL AMOR HACIA MI PORQUE ME LASTIMARON TANTO EN LA VIDA, QUE TUVE QUE APARTARME DE LA GENTE QUE SUPUESTA MENTE YO LES DEDICABA Y LES BRINDABA TODO MI AMOR, PERO NO FUE SUFICIENTE O NO LO ENTENDÍAN, Y ME APARTE DE ELLOS Y CAÍ EN UNA GRAN DEPRESIÓN Y LLEGUE HASTA ATENTAR CONTRA MI VIDA, UN AÑO Y MEDIO ME COSTO DE PSICOPATEO PERSONAL EQUILIBRAR MIS PENSAMIENTOS Y SENTIMIENTOS, POR ESO AHORA DIGO ME DECISE DE ATADURA TERRENAL LE PERDÍ EL MIEDO A LA MUERTE ES UNA ETAPA QUE TODOS LOS SERES HUMANOS DEBERÁN PASAR Y TAMBIÉN LAS ATADURAS TERRENALES Y QUE ELLOS NO PUEDEN SENTIR LO QUE YO SIENTO ADENTRO, Y SI TE FIJAS UNO DE LOS ÚLTIMOS, POEMAS QUE EDITE HAY UN FRAGMENTO QUE EXPLICA EL MOMENTO EN EL CUAL HOY YO VIVO, GRACIAS MANUEL

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  8. “Love is a serious mental disease.” I disagree. I believe that love helps someone from a mental disease cope. I know what I have an anxiety/panic attack all I want is someone to love me and hold me. The warmth of their touch is soothing and helps me get through the hard time. Thats just my opinion. -Bruce

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