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Destructive to marriage is the self fulfillment ethic that assumes marriage and the family are primarily institutions of personal fulfillment, necessary for us to become whole or happy.

The assumption is that there is someone just right for us to marry and that if we look closely enough we will find the right person. This moral assumption overlooks a crucial aspect of marriage.

It fails to appreciate the fact that we always marry the wrong person. We never know whom we marry; we just think we do. Or even is we first marry the right person, just give it a while and he or she will change. For marriage, being the enormous thing that it is means we are not the same person after we have entered it.

So... we must “learn to love the stranger to whom you find yourself married.” (S Hauerwas in The Meaning of Marriage" by Tim Keller, p. 38)

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