Socrates, in Plato's "Symposium", explained two types of love or Eros—Vulgar Eros or earthly love and Divine Eros or divine love.
Having a platonic friend of the opposite sex gives you an abridged view of the mysteries and idiosyncrasies of that gender and might even let you know if you're doing something that's potentially annoying the hell out of your partner. So, when you have a friend who's been with you through thick and thin, that style of friendship becomes a how-to guide on ways to make sure the rest of your friends don't feel like they're being pushed aside.It explains the possibilities of how the feeling of love began and how it has evolved—both sexually and non-sexually.Of particular importance is the speech of Socrates, relating the idea of platonic love as attributed to the prophetess Diotima, which presents it as a means of ascent to contemplation of the divine.In the almost-30 years since the film's release, a lot has happened in relationships and how we understand them. "Of course they can, if they keep their boundaries intact." The key, she says, is setting boundaries early on and keeping the details of your romantic relationship private to avoid emotional intimacy. One of my personal friendships blew up into a non-platonic mess after the failure to "check in" on the relationship midway through my new journey into a romance with someone else.This tired notion that men and women can't be friends is not only wrong -- it's unhealthy. So, if you're running to your female friend to hand out juicy details of the hot sex you just had with your girlfriend… Not enough words were exchanged by either party and the platonic friendship devolved into a mess of jealousy and anger after it was eventually revealed (through some pretty harsh texts) that the friend thought I had blown her off for the new girlfriend. This simple act allows men and women to focus on the important things in a friendship… Why invest all your time hanging out with another person if all you're going to do is worry about what you are?