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Re: “Should We Stay Married for the Kids?

I'd say setting aside personal happiness and well being is exactly what marriage is about. If I put my happiness and well being at the center of any relationship it means there's no self sacrifice, and my needs being met becomes the central goal. The other person simply becomes a means by which I make myself happy instead of a person with dignity who deserves to be loved and served regardless of what they can offer me at any particular season of life. To love someone at their worst, when they have nothing to offer, is to truly love. Of course there are exceptions, as in cases of abuse or blatant and consistent breaking of trust. But as a previous commenter said, to say definitively "no, no, no" is to skip over the possibility that working on the relationship with counseling shouldn't be considered. I often very much appreciate the advice Athena gives in this column, but on this one I want to humbly and respectfully disagree.

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Posted by jepvt on 05/14/2016 at 3:48 PM

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