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Single Idea 18448

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 2. Values / d. Love]

Full Idea

The pleasures of love will not even involuntarily be tasted, at least, she will not allow herself to be drawn beyond the lights of fancy that occur in dreams.

Gist of Idea

We should avoid the pleasures of love, or at least, should not enact our dreams


Porphyry (Launching Points to the Realm of the Mind [c.280], 1Enn2 I.4)

Book Reference

Porphyry: 'Launching Points to the Realm of the Mind', ed/tr. Guthrie,Kenneth [Phanes 1988], p.32

A Reaction

Presumably erotic dreams are only tolerated because not much can be done about them. This brings out the puritanism of neo-platonism.