Romantic Love Is a Poor Basis for Marriage

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Romantic Love Is a Poor Basis for Marriage

By | Feb. 2012
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Love is Blinding
It felt as if she were standing in a timeless dream. In Paris, she waited for the not so stranger at a candlelit table by a crescent moon. The view from the Eiffel tower was amazing as she gazed off; she was so close she could almost touch it. All of a sudden, a familiar figure stepped out from the shadows and startled her. It was who she had been waiting for all along. As he made his way toward her, he took her hands into his. Out of the stillness, soft words were spoken, “We were strangers starting out on a journey. Never dreaming what we would have to go through. Now here we are, and I am suddenly standing right before you.” He then gets down on one knee as he retrieves a small ring box from his pocket. Then, he popped the question, “Will you marry me?” Six months later, they are in divorce court for lack of communication, respect, including infidelity, and financial burdens. They were blinded by romance and rushed into something they were unprepared for. However, it really is not their fault; it just shows that romantic love is a poor basis for marriage. Oscar Wilde had once stated that, “Men always want to be a woman’s first love—women like to be a man’s last romance.” Nevertheless, romance and love go hand in hand. It seems it is all that matters in a relationship; at least that is what many people seem to understand. Many people are familiar with the statement, “Until death do us part.” That means people are bound together for a long and what is supposed to be a beautiful journey. What people don’t seem to comprehend is that love is not the only thing that is important for this journey. In fact, romantic love is just one of six different types of love. These six types were originally created by John Lee, as he denoted to them as the “colors of love.” Eros is the proper name for romantic love. People who are quite the Eros type see nothing but each other. Yet, what they see is nothing, but attraction. They act as if...

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