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|Tue, 01-13-2004 - 6:29pm|
Anyway, here's the question... marriage is a lot less common here than in the States, and living together (for a long time) seems to be a lot more common. Interestingly, many of the couples here have been living together for years, and will stay together until they die.
A colleague of mine (fundamentalist in religion) once remarked how horrible it was that these people live in sin their whole life. I answered that I had a hard time condemning them totally -- or at least not any more than Americans who go through 3, 4 or 5 short-term marriages.
I'm not saying what they do is right -- just that their lives together often reflect more love and commitment (from what I can see) than many married couples in the States.
Ok, now really here's my question: who is damaging/disrespecting the institution of marriage more -- those who ignore it completely even if their lives reflect the spirit of marriage, or those who are serial marryers(not a word, I know)-- but marry in a religious ceremony (and with the right legal stuff as well)? Or is it apples to oranges and impossible to say? Or am I just so jet-lagged that the question is only intriguing to me?