english_Response to Future of Love

english_Response to Future of Love - animal kingdom, we do...

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Human societies have come to idealize love and marriage, perpetuated by improbable “fairy-tale” endings in movies and books. This is also contributed to by the images of love and lust sold to us by almost every corporation in their advertisements. The tendency to chase this dream has filled the pockets of therapists, dating services, and clergy, although the likelihood of finding a perfect life-long companion is very slim. As mentioned in the article “The Future of Love: Kiss Romance Goodbye, It’s Time for the Real Thing” by Barbara Graham, the loss of “magic” in a marriage after a few years “may be the remains of a four-year reproductive cycle.” From my previous studies of biology, this seems highly probable to me. Most species have a reproductive cycle, producing an amount of offspring in a set range over a specific period of time; so why not humans? Over time due to evolution and adaptation, this cycle might have become unnecessary to our species. We’re the rulers of the
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Unformatted text preview: animal kingdom, we do not need to pair off and reproduce every 4 years to keep the human race alive. Not only from a biological standpoint does long term partnership seem improbable, but also from a statistical standpoint. There are millions, possibly billions, of decisions that a person will make in their lifetime, each of which will take that person down a new branch of a path. Meanwhile, their partner will also be faced with many decisions, taking them down different paths as well. With all the possibilities and combinations of decisions that could be made, it is very unlikely that a person and their partner will remain as compatible as they were the day they started their courtship. With all this working against us, it might be beneficial to re-examine our expectations of a marriage. With these more realistic expectations, we might be able to see past the fairy tale and lead more happy and fulfilled lives....
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2011 for the course ENGL 101C taught by Professor Stewart during the Fall '07 term at Northampton Community College.

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