On Marriage, Sex, and Love

Music: Fugue. From the Quintet in G Minor for violins,
viola, cello, and piano.
By Dmitri Shostakovich.
Sequenced by Dmitri Bachovich, at
Kunst der Fuge.

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1. One needs always to remember that the point of marriage is not sex but love.

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2. Love, like the air, is often taken for granted. But a happily married couple both know that they need love and are grateful to have it.

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3. Sex brings ecstasy and then satisfaction. Love brings grace and then fulfillment.

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4. One can enjoy both sex and love, but one cannot pursue both. For the pursuit of sexual ecstasy is self-centered and tends towards isolation, whereas the pursuit of love is other-centered and tends towards communion.

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5. Marriage is difficult and requires constant compromise. One cannot share a life without losing autonomy, but what one gains is well worth the loss.

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6. The only way to be completely autonomous is to be completely alone.

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