This is the right way of being initiated into the mysteries of love, to begin with examples of beauty in this world and use them as steps to ascend continually to absolute beauty as one's final aim. This above all others is the region where a truly human life should be spent, in the contemplation of absolute beauty. They will see it as absolute, existing alone with itself, unique, eternal; and all other beautiful things as partaking of it, in such a way that, while they come into being and pass away, it neither undergoes any increase or diminution nor suffers any change. One who contemplates absolute beauty and is in constant union with it will be able to bring forth not mere reflected images of goodness but true goodness, because one will be in contact not with a reflection but with the truth. And having brought forth and nurtured true goodness one will have the privilege of being beloved of God, and becoming, if ever a human being can, immortal oneself. For this reason, it is the duty of every human being to honor love.
~Plato (428 BC - 348 BC)