Hard is life
without a wife, but worse still with only one!
The Bible tells
us Genesis 3:24
shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave
unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh'.
This is the ideal
arrangement that is followed even by some birds and animals.
A lifelong relationship with their spouses. But in the real
world things have been different.
was overrun by Jewish ethics through the advance of Christianity,
marriage was little-known and people would simply fornicate,
leaving the woman to hold and care for the baby. Marriage
was introduced for the benefit of the woman to protect her
and enhance her status. But monogamy was introduced for the
benefit of the average man to prevent wealthy and powerful
men from cornering the best women.
The present system
served both the man and the woman, as well as the children
who, in particular, were assured who their parents were, and
the husband-to-be satisfied of the paternity of his family.
The law considers him to be the father anyway even if he was
not. But medical and scientific advances now offer better
safeguard through DNA tests, and the woman can get rid of
unwanted pregnancies by various safe and easy methods. When
a husband can go to jail for raping his wife, then we can
say that the institution of marriage has outlived its usefulness.
Marriage should be relegated to the domain of a private agreement
made-to-measure to suit the requirement of the couple regarding
finances, bringing up of the children as well as the duration
of the marriage.
The people of
Iran have for centuries practised this kind of marriage to
the extent that a traveller can enter into a marriage contract
with a bride, say, for six months.
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