Divorce and Relationships

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Divorce and Our National Values

Peter Kramer in his essay “Divorce and Our National Values” suggests that either

Americans celebrate the individual, autonomy, and self-fulfillment or we honor marriage as the

centerpiece of social stability. The question is whether these values can be competitive and

destructive or can they be complementary and empowering. Through teamwork and

communication, marriage can be complementary and empowering while being honored as the

centerpiece of social stability; however clashing points of view can cause the relationship to be

competitive and destructive.

First of all, I am the perfect person that can talk about marriage because I am married.

Individualism, autonomy, self-fulfillment and the concept of marriage being the centerpiece of

social stability all play their role positively if balanced correctly. Although we worked together

to pay bills and satisfy our needs, we also supported each other’s sense of worth and striving

towards our personal goals, such as education and travel. Positive support and feedback are

very important because there will always be disappointing moments, even overwhelming at

times. Being reminded and loved helps society and our marriage move forward. Marriage being the centerpiece of society strives for the greater good, which is the world.

I am in the Navy, an organization that gives me self-fulfillment. My wife is always at the house

and after a while, she becomes itching to find herself other than be a housewife. We take up

many identities: I am a sailor, a husband and a friend. With these titles, not only we can play

multiple roles in society but at the same time, it contributes to personal satisfaction and from

there, you can help others including the family succeed in any aspect. However, there is a dark

side to all of this.

Secondly, clashing viewpoints can cause relationships to be competitive and destructive....
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