Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Thoughts on Marriage

A couple included this in a ceremony:
Here are some thoughts on marriage from
Robert Heinlen:
Why is it that marriage, by whatever name, is a universal institution among human beings everywhere? Don’t ask a theologian, don’t ask a lawyer; this institution existed long before it was codified by church or state.
Marriage is as much a part of mankind’s evolutionary equipment as his eyes, and as useful to the race as eyes are to an individual. It works, that’s all: for all its faults it works far better by the only universal test—survival—than any of the endless inventions that fools over the millennia have tried to substitute for it.

Companionship, partnership, mutual reassurance, someone to laugh with and grieve with, loyalty that accepts foibles, someone to touch, someone to hold your hand—these things are marriage, and it gives deep happiness to those who share it.