Of historical proportions, the greatest platonic love ever dramatised is Damon and Pythias who are the best of friends in Greek legend.
For plotting against Syracuse, Dionysius I will have Pythias executed.
Pythias pleads for a short stay of execution to return home to settle his affairs, and Damon agrees to remain as a hostage and should his friend fail to return, he will face the executioner instead.
Pythias fails to return, proving to Dionysius their friendship is hollow, but just as Damon is about to be killed, Pythias arrives having been held up by pirates.
So impressed, Dionysius frees them both and asks to join their perfect friendship.
The greatest platonic love dramatised today!
Taking into account platonic love is non-romantic love covering:
Three books spring to mind:
But there are so many more covering all the platonic loves in literature, these three barely scratch the surface.
Three films shout out:
Two Songs are top of mind:
For TV shows, I would single out two:
There are so many other TV shows covering platonic love but I think Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould capture the difficulties of holding on to friends when the trials of life pull so hard.
What underlies the love shown in all these examples?
Apart from them all sharing a common root, as all loving relationships do:
the lover immensely values their beloved because of their attachment and commitment to the beloved.
They also share common virtues. Friends, for example:
The last bullet brings me to the odd song I have included in the song list: This is Not Real Love. That song is unique.
George and Mutya, although romantically involved historically, want to break apart romantically, yet they are so attached and in so much need of one another’s goodness they just can’t let go of each other.
What they have agreed – without any formality – is a half-way-house of friends with benefits.
Firstly, they value one another immensely because of their deep-rooted attachment and ongoing commitment. George and Mutya love one another. In that, there is no doubt.
They are also friends with a deep trust who suppress romantic jealousy (knowing they may see their friend find a romantic lover soon enough, and their romantic love is but a ‘lie’ for other’s sake).
They also clearly understand independence and liberty, respect equality and see their friendship as long-standing – even in the face of each other moving on should that time ever arrive.
Essentially this song is a beautiful entrapment where two lovers’ hearts have nowhere to go.
Have a listen, be moved by the tragedy and the depth of their newly defined love.
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