View the full list In the beginning, humans were androgynous.So says Aristophanes in his fantastical account of the origins of love in Plato’s Symposium.
So powerful, in fact, that the gods were nervous for their dominion.
Wanting to weaken the humans, Zeus, Greek king of Gods, decided to cut each in two, and commanded his son Apollo “to turn its face…towards the wound so that each person would see that he’d been cut and keep better order.” If, however, the humans continued to pose a threat, Zeus promised to cut them again – “and they’ll have to make their way on one leg, hopping!
“And they lived happily ever after,” is the fairy tale ending many singles are looking for.
The cultural dating norm insisting that singles should search to find their perfect match – soul mate – is one that has left some Christian singles scratching their heads.
“All this wishing has led to a case of wanting everything and getting nothing,” Tashiro writes in his first book, “The Science of Happily Ever After: What Really Matters in the Quest for Enduring Love” (Harlequin).