I am reading a novel that relates to desire and an Eros love that transcends continental distance and typically held concepts and beliefs. It is an extraordinary piece of work, but, as with most books I read, it has got me thinking. The story is full of intrigue and desire and passion, but uprooting in nature of the most traditional of principles, marriage.
The tale follows the forming of acquaintanceship between a man from America and a woman from England, and attends their journey as the relationship blossoms into a romantic desire and love. There is but a single point in question with the whole order of things, the woman has already bound herself to another man in an established marriage.
I have not yet finished the book, yet it has already impugned what is held to be well and good. The portrayal of romantic capitulation and uninhibited desire breeding the advancing of creative lengths for singular achievement invoke special premises that are not dissimilar among many modern literary works. In this company, secret love is predominant and has become king. What is of traditional value is disregarded with a scoff at least, and at most, disdain.
I am not injuring the prose or even the plot of this book, only questioning the underlying moral nature of the story. I reckon the object or aim of the author is to entertain, and perhaps create an allurement of sensuality. The thought, though, I wonder if it is wrong.
Which is better? To enjoin two lovers who are separate only because of a covenant that is meant to be upheld? Or to maintain the promise at the cost of unsatisfied desire.
That is, is marriage the priority, or is what one desires to bring happiness of the greater importance?
We know what the novels say, and we know what tradition states. My proposal is that we think through this question fiercely and deeply before positioning our minds on one side or the other. Particularly if we are embarking from the concept, and sailing forth toward the manifestation of the proposal itself.
Stay thinking, my friends.