Alas alack my laptop appears to be slowly giving up the ghost whilst trying to back up files and things to other areas in case of the worst I came across this gem. I wrote it back in at least 2009 I do believe I hope it’s enjoyed as I’ve never published it before:
Nascita do Venere
Physical and Intellectual love, the two feed each other and while it is wholly possible for one to exist without the other – it never quite completes our existence unless both come together.
Plato was certainly a scholar of this thought and had a Goddess who at once represented the ‘human’ physical love and the ‘godly’ intellectual love. She was Venus.
In Dante’s mind human physical love – sanctified – led to Paradiso, whereas, human physical love – unsanctified – led to the endless torture in the Inferno.
Since humans became cognitive beings this war between the two has raged alongside politics and religion unabated.
But what is so bad about getting more thrills with one than the other?
This is where the genius Botticelli comes in. He painted Venus riding in on a clam shell – as Plato considered Venus the representation of both types I just have to say: Trust physical and intellectual loving salvation to be heralded by a ginger!