The formal institution of marriage should always be based on love and not on other reasons like money, comfort, interest or mutual conventions. If you choose to marry the person to whom you have been sharing quite a long period of time it is quite obvious you should do it if you love him or her.
There are all kinds of marriages based on specific conventions between both partners who don't have anything to do with love, affection or passion. For example she needs to obtain some legal documents to remain in a foreign country and she can do that only by getting married to a man who is a citizen of that country. They get married but their lives are completely different. There are times when the so called "husbands" don't even live under the same roof. Is that a marri
age? Yes, it is but a fake one.
For me a "good" marriage is that which lasts for a life time, which brings happiness and satisfaction to both partners, which is completed with children. And children can't grow up in an environment where the love between partners is missing. Our children are complex human beings who feel everything around them and who see whether something goes wrong or not in the house even before the grown ups do so.
Conventional marriages are often based on a mutual agreement or simply respect between partners, just like in any other "business" :you give something and you get something else in change. When you really love someone you don't expect anything in change. You only want to feel loved and protected. Falling in love and accepting to share your life with somebody else means giving up selfishness and gaining more compassion and altruism.
All in all never agree to marry someone for his bank account as you will always feel lonely. Better choose a man who really loves you more than anything in this world and you will see how complete you can get to be.
Is Love Necessary for a Good Marriage? written by Herminne Tonita for FamousWhy.com
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