Bruno, Giordano – A general account of bonding - On love and physical attraction
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
On Magic – Giordano Bruno – from a general account of bonding
Fantasy and opinion bind more things than does reason, for the former are indeed stronger than the latter. To be sure, there are many who love without a reason, although there is some cause which motivates their love, and, as a result, they are bound but do not know what binds them.......
The diversity of predispositions … move the soul to seek out the enjoyment of another soul, to which it becomes attached and united. And also because of this predisposition, when there is a suitable ordering of the body and of its parts and of the garments which clothe it, the soul is then bound to reach out for the enjoyment of the body.
When this predisposition is present in both the soul and the body, it impels each more strongly to the enjoyment of the other, or each is attracted by the other principle.
Furthermore, there are some people who are so bound by the soul that they also desire the very same body which contains the soul.
There are even a few people who are so focused on the soul that they look down upon certain features of the body unless they are predisposed by the soul. Thus the famous story is told about Socrates, who required that an attractive young boy first speak out before he would declare his love for him