Catchin’ up on my MeFi

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2004 | Fun With Teh Intarweb

Found this thread about marriage over at Metafilter. The thread itself is a good discussion, but the initial article in the Sun-Times really set me off. So, since I can’t be all ticked off by myself, I had to share it with Christyl. She went back and dug up the original article by Richard Roeper that this Steinberg fellow was responding to.

Gotta say, I’m with Roeper on this one. I especially like this bit from his article:

Married people are always trying to convert their unattached friends. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re so happy they can’t believe anyone would want to be single — or they’re so miserable that they resent anyone who isn’t in the same boat. How dare we move about freely in the adult world without joining the married club? That’s not how it’s supposed to work! There’s an expiration date on the single life, and career bachelors and bachelorettes are flouting society by streaking past that expiration date without even slowing down.

Amen, brother. Amen.

Now I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with marriage, but maybe it’s not for all of us. Dig?

3 Comments to Catchin’ up on my MeFi

steelbuddha
2/4/2004

A few friends of mine were having a discussion about gay marriage the other night. While I agree that no matter your sexual preference, you should have the same rights under our government, I think everyone’s approaching this the wrong way. Rather than trying to legalize gay marriages, we should be attempting to remove marriage as a governmental institution. After all, legal marriage is a remnant of the influence that religion had on our forefathers. Marriage is a great idea as a spiritual union between two people, but the government has no reason to put their sticky little hands in it.

Juli
2/4/2004

I dare to say that NOT ALL married people do this. I can’t recall telling any single friends to get hitched. I offer no directional advice because it ain’t none of ma damn bidniz. I like that their single, actually. The juicy news is normally more exciting.

Bjorn
2/7/2004

Once we tire of relationships where one emotional “foot” is kept outside the door, and once we’ve found a person who meets our criteria better than anyone else, what is to stop any of us from getting married (strictly under the aforementioned circumstances)? On the other hand, the nihilist in me definitely has no love for breeders (myself included). The planet is by no means overpopulated, but I’d still like to see negative population growth.

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