According to Aristophanes, man was born in a form that is twice of what we have now, literally. Specifically, man had 4 hands and 4 legs and if wished, man had the ability to tumble round and round to hasten his travelling speed, much like how a tumbleweed roll across the dry desert.
Well, as with all stories, all would be fine, except that man became ambitious, at least according to Mr Aristophanes. He rose up against the gods. And we all know what would result when such happened. The gods got angry but at the same time, Mount Olympia was filled with doubt and dilemma. Sure, the gods with their might and strength, could squash the puny little man without any effort, a bolt of lightning would do the trick just fine. But of cos, there were the consequences.
You see, man had something that the gods wanted; their adorations and sacrifices and worships. Without the puny little man’s sacrifices or worships, the gods, well, wouldn’t be gods anymore!
Yet, they could not suffer the insolences that man threw it in their faces. How could the son rise up against the father! Such arrogance!
So, Zeus, in a dramatic way to teach man a lesson in humility said, ” I have a plan which will humble their pride and improve their manners; men shall continue to exist, but I will cut them in two and then they will be diminished in strength and increased in numbers; this will have the advantage of making them more profitable to us. They shall walk upright on two legs, and if they continue insolent and will not be quiet, I will split them again and they shall hop about on a single leg.” (According to Aristophanes, Plato’s Symposium)
And thus, man now exist as 2 legged, 2 hand creature, no longer able to tumble. Half souled creatures that spend his lifetime seeking the other part of his soul to complete himself.
Thus, the term “soulmates” and the search for them.
Which lead us to the next possible question; how many of us have found their soul mate already? And how do we know that its the true one?
Perhaps, that is one of those mind boggling million dollar questions that we, puny little man will never be able to answer. Or perhaps there isn’t even any answer to that question at all..
So, have you found your soul mate yet?