Plato, a B-movie and a sad song

I like the idea of soul-mates. Plato’s Symposium (360 BC) introduced the story of split-souls who forever try to find their other half. Do you desire to be wholly one; always day and night to be in one another’s company? for if this is what you desire, I am ready to melt you into one and let you grow together, so that being two you shall become one, and while you live a common life as if you were a single man…..

This leads me to one of my favourite B-movies, The Butcher’s Wife. Marina (Demi Moore) is a clairvoyant and follows signs from beyond to try and find her true love. There are so many happy endings in this film that I loved it. It’s a rubbish film that fills you with some strange romantic hope. I even preferred the film’s “corrupted” split-aparts version of Plato’s Symposium split-souls.

So now for the sad song. I was listening to First Aid Kit’s song Blue and it has a line And the only man you ever loved, You thought was gonna marry you, Died in a car accident when he was only 22, Then you just decided, love wasn’t for you…

I wonder what happens if your split-apart has already died?