I found this in my notes for my English class... I figured I'd share them with you here.
In Classical times, heterosexuality, or the love of a man for a woman, was considered to be "an animalistic urge to be slaked quickly only for the purpose of reproduction" (Henry Staten, English 202 instructor) while "platonic love" or the love of a man for another man, was considered idealistic and "above the beasts."
Such close friends were in fact called "lovers," like Hercules and Hylas. To fall in love with a man was the "proper" thing to do at the time, and signified a wonderous thing.
"When I say, ‘Be kind to one another,’ I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” Ellen Degeneres explains being a decent human being (and her friendship with George W. Bush). OCT 2019.
WARNING- THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SOME INFO WHICH SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING OR UPSETING. 85 percent of the time, I like to think the world's a wonderful place. we have tecnology and nature all rolled into one delicious sushi-package, we all have different place to visit and new things to learn. most of the time, the world's a very pleasent, innocent place to be. But 15 percent of the time, horrible things happen. people crash planes into buildings, tecnology is faulty, nature is being destroyed and the odd teenager sometimes drops a baby bomb on her parents and boyfriend. but only very ocassionally...
Imagine that you are in a boat. There are other people in your boat. There is also one person in the water. Allowing this person to get onto your boat will not sink the boat. Everyone could easily fit comfortably. But still, there is a person in the water.
Now, if this person was only in the water for a short time, then yes, saying, "Hey, guys, lend me a hand onto your boat?" is probably exactly what she would do. But imagine this person has been in the water for hours. And imagine that it was other people in the boat that pushed her in there. Not you, of course. You didn't push her in. But...