The Fiction of the Beautiful: Digital Eros
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To think philosophically about love has been, at least in modern times, a dark matter that has been characterized as an unphilosophical matter. The truths about love are inev- itably tied to experience, they overflow concepts, and keep us on the edge of self- knowledge in between of complex links with what Plato called mania. In fact, the rela- tions between Eros and philosophy are found in Socrates and Plato, and the omnipo- tence of the god of love is as old as our poetic beginnings. These times, certainly, in which love has returned to reflection with more proximity towards experience, the body and its beauty, thinking about love does not exempt itself from the amazing dimension of universality and relationships that the invisible networks of communication pose, since they constitute, in reality, a new version of the universal power of Eros that we inherited from the ancients. Love has always liked, as we can observe since the same lyrical beginnings, to show itself, proclaim itself, as if something vital was played in that revelation that, in a certain sense, does not stop being strange because we are talking about deep experiences of each one’s soul. Now, that showing, which has found a place of privilege, must be thought under the digital cloak that dresses Eros, and think about it, then, as digital Eros. From Plato, Eros is a desire for the beautiful, Eros loves the beautiful. Therefore, the showing itself beautiful of love, requires a reflection in relation with how we show ourselves beautiful, that is, how the possibilities of networks allow us to make, sculpt, elaborate for that purpose. Finally, this implies a revision of the fictitious and the au- thentic of us, what the networks allow of us.
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