Soul mates

“One theory of soulmates, presented by in Plato's Symposium, is that humans originally consisted of four arms, four legs, and a single head made of two faces, but Zeus feared their power and split them all in half, condemning them to spend their lives searching for the other half to complete them”

I love this concept. It is quite romantic. It is, of course, total bullshit, as the Greek Gods are not historical fact, but I quite like it as an example of what a soulmate should be – almost like the other half of you, the part that is missing, and the part that should be always with you and that you should be with for hundreds of thousands of years. When doing some research on the subject I found some simply amazing pages that are a guide to helping you find your soulmate, and the internet has not failed again. Truly amazing.

If we accept that such a thing exists, that for every person alive on the planet there is at least one other person that is absolutely perfect for them and that will mesh like perfectly aligned cogs and gears, and we also assume that at some point in the future they will cross paths and meet each other, how do we know that they will actually understand and grasp the magnitude of this meeting?

I suppose that’s the scary thing, that maybe you’d meet your other half of you and have to let them go because you’re already with someone that you love or that the circumstances are just not going to work. The other side of this argument is that how do you know that you don’t have to always be wishing to trade up? The way that it’s set up at the moment is the ease of the new that is always available to us. For example there’s always something better out there – a better TV, or car, and the world is positioned to make us think that this will improve our lives. And in a way, this feeling of upgrading almost always enters the we look at love and life thinking that something that we don’t have will make it better when it might be otherwise.
So what I am saying is that whilst Plato’s concept is as beautiful as it is tragic, there is an important point that is missed from his concept, that maybe we will find fulfillment in something lesser than our soul mate. The risks that we may have to take to find the person we need might be too great and that they don’t match up with the potential gain… or maybe they do.