April 21, 2017

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Where's your other half?

I am often impressed by Plato's Symposium, where he talks about the origin of a soulmate, the fact that every human being is condemned by Zeus to be born incomplete; our lives basically is a search mission to look for the other half of us that is missing since the day we were born - that is, if we care about being complete

Despite the seemingly cruel nature of a condemnation, Plato talks about it in the most endearing way: 

And so, when a person meets the half that is his very own, whatever his orientation...then something wonderful happens: the two are struck from their senses by love, by a sense of belonging to one another, and by desire, and they don't want to be separated from one another, not even for a moment.” 

The idea of 'other half' is rather romantic; it makes incompletion sound so much better, to think that we are all on this lifelong mission to be 'whole'.

Not my intention to sound cheesy, but the thought of Plato's theory actually brought my mind to a piece of furniture we have at ziinlife - the 1/2 Coffee Table. Complimented by each other, 1/2 Coffee Table is a very good example of good 'team work'. As a set of two tables that fit perfectly together as a whole, they can also be separated and act on its own existence. Sometimes they want to be together, sometimes they don't. No matter the arrangement, they always seem content with themselves and with each other. Come to think of it, isn't it the kind of human relationship we always hope for? 

Something to mull over on a rainy day.....☔️

1/2 Coffee Table by ziinlife Modern Furniture

 

當每一次拜讀到著名哲學家柏拉圖的論說時,都會使我感觸良多,而其中一個使我印象最深刻的是有關靈魂伴侶的根源。傳說中,宙斯人類分成兩半,要我們窮一生的精力去尋找自己的另一半,使自己達到完滿。

聽到這個故事你可能會感到殘忍,但柏拉圖對此則有另一番動人演繹。

因此,當人們遇到屬於他們自己的另一半,美好的事情就會順其自然的發生:兩個人相愛的感覺,歸屬於一個人的感覺,在慾望驅使下,他們不會想彼此分離,一刻亦不會。

這個解釋使另一半不只是一種浪漫;它令不完整聽起來變得是一種美好,使我們明白生來就要令自己變得完滿,要永生不渝的去尋找另一半。

我並沒有任何刻意宣傳的意思,但柏拉圖的學說的而且確令我想起ziinlife1/2 Coffee Table。像互相恭維著對方一樣,1/2 Coffee Table是一個很好的演繹去表現出協同的意識。由於它們都與另一半完美合身,因此無論是分開還是組合使用都十分方便。有時候它們會形影不離,有時又會想暫且分離。但無論安排如何,它們都是一體的。細思一下,這種關係不就是我們人類最渴望的嗎?

 


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