On Marriage Redux
The blogs by Sir Isaac and Rim on relationships led me to recall my entry over a year ago on marriage. I said then:
Marriage as a life-long contract is an Utopian concept. Under any other circumstance, if you ask two people to make some kind of open-ended promise to each other, and to keep this commitment for thirty, forty or more years irrespective of changes in personal interests, individual priorities, emotional states, career demands, financial status, household situations, health conditions, family obligations, outside relationships, and external distractions, they would probably say, “Are you kidding?” But that is precisely what an “ideal” marriage demands.
After some time, most marriages are basically held together by family, social or financial constraints. Those occasional couples who remain truly happy together are very fortunate indeed.