Platonic attraction is in seeking self-completion. Via love between complements, each part of the union is conjoined to produce a superior wholeness, and it is by this that each become greater participants in the totality of goodness, and so expand their own goodness.
And so when we speak of cosmogenesis, goodness is unfolded through a chain of generative unions between the masculine and the feminine. ‘Masculine’ and ‘feminine’ do not directly entail ‘male’ and ‘female’, as the divine precedes biological sex and so is not defined by it.
However, the biological sexes are the result of these preceding divine principles of masculinity and femininity. Sexual distinction among living beings are reflections, and notably it is the evolutionary characteristic of a more advanced species to have sexual distinctions.
Accepting this evident truth—exemplified sensibly to us in the nature of life, but also proven intelligibly by its origin in the gods—enables us to know our nature’s perfection and the nature of our most prosperous communions.
Hence it is the concordant union of the masculine and feminine that is generative of goodness; as above, so below. The sexes, being ontological descendants of the divine principles, reach their highest fulfilment in communion with their complement, and by union, expand goodness.
The soul—seeking to induce within itself the means to reach the heights of goodness & in accord with its capacity and wisdom to do so—cultivated masculinity and femininity within the animal so that the soul may leverage this divine mode of completion to hasten its upwards ascent.
Thus its baseline expression manifests in the two biological sexes, and the soul cultivates its particular incarnation according to its experiential inclination, leading to life as a woman or as a man. Then through this life it will seek communion to grow its own inner goodness.
However, since the animal is actualised via union of soul and matter, the union exposing the soul to states typically alien to the soul but present within matter, discord introduced via material causes becomes possible after the soul’s initial incarnation.
As is the case with every shortfall and vice we suffer in our lives, material conditions—whether self-afflicted or afflicted from without—can lead to inner disorderliness, driving us away from communion and goodness towards disunity and deprivation.
The inner discord afflicts the mind with states of confusion and uncertainty, leading it to lose vision of the soul’s original intent towards goodness that initiated its incarnation in the first place, and in losing this it comes to be defined by that which had disrupted it.
Though the prior explanation is true generally with all incarnations, occasionally the material conditions suffered are of such severity that the deprivations they cause within the mind can lead to violent inner discord, leaving even the mind’s own union of goodness shattered.
In the process of this shattering, the mind becomes oppressed by forgetfulness* as it sheds its inner union, discarding from itself aspects of its original wholeness. What is discarded from the union and forgotten depends upon the material causes that led it to its deprivation.
To speak of deprivation in specific relation to our topic, we see the mind’s deprivation of the soul’s pre-existing masculinity and/or femininity today foremost in sexualities that are discordant with the divine’s exemplar union of masculine with feminine and vice versa.
Instead of woman seeking man or man seeking woman, some fall under oppression of material events that afflict deprivation and forgetfulness upon them, and according to the nature of these events, the masculine or feminine union they prior held in soul becomes deprived from mind.
Suffering from deprivation, the mind spirals into confusion and instability. Identity and the sense of self is uprooted, leading to dissociation and despair. Deprivation’s imposition of forgetfulness furthers the mind’s confusion as the cause for its trauma becomes unknown to it.
In reaction, the soul is quickly spurred towards reacquiring what was lost in the deprivation, but by virtue of it being anchored to its essential union with matter as mind, it is denied flight, thus forcing it to live out a life no longer aligned with the soul’s intent.
Owing to the intensity of this impulse, the mind attempts to utilise the life with which it is bound nonetheless. But due to discordance between the mind and the body which was first formed upon a prior held union no longer present in mind, the mind inverts its use of the body.
As a man, it strives to recover itself via union with a man; or as a woman, it strives to recover itself via union with a woman. These inverted attractions refuse the mind the same holistic completion it would receive in proper unions, and so wholesome happiness is often lost.
There is more to be said on this psychology, but this shall do for now.
*Regarding forgetfulness: this can serve to explain why traumatic events are sometimes forgotten by victims. In the mind’s suffering of deprivation and subsequent discord from the good, forgetfulness becomes dominant and can cause forgetfulness even of significant traumatic sensible events.