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Date Posted: Saturday, January 14, 05:55:55pm
Author: Nell
Subject: Re: *Sings*: You say tomato, while I say to-mah-to (r)
In reply to: JayBee 's message, "*Sings*: You say tomato, while I say to-mah-to (r)" on Saturday, January 14, 11:58:45am

It does make sense.

But, for me, I'm not sure I would say that the spirit of a marriage is limited only to the love the spouses feel. I tend to think of marriage as a lot more than that, and sometimes that isn't even central, only the icing if it actually happens and lasts - historically especially, of course. There are also lots and lots of kinds of love, and marriage needs more than one, but not necessarily romantic love, to be a marriage that deserves the respect and fidelity of it's members. IMO, of course.

I also think forms are important. While acting right won't make you think right (to put it quite crudely and inexactly) it is far more likely to keep you remembering what thinking right is - whereas if you act wrong, you have no reason to even recall what right thinking ought to be.

So, if the section operative in the false marriage tells themself from the beginning that as the entire thing is false, there is no need for them to obey any of the forms of the marriage, and gives themselve permission to do whatever they want - I suspect they will behave quite badly with regard to the poor duped spouse. But, if, on the other hand, out of respect for the duped one, they struggle to make as much of their act as they can true, they will probably treat the duped one better.

Section, of course, would probably prefer the former, as any respect for hte duped one's needs only complicate things from their end.

But - on the whole - if Section prefers it, I can't help but suspect that on the face of it, that is probably the least ethical choice available! *g*

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