Modern passion

For millennia, marital marriage was a societal organization based on money, electricity and community connections. Then came the Enlightenment best of marrying for love, and with it a new set of aspirations. Couples hoped to find a partner who could provide all of their physical and emotional demands. They wanted youngsters, a shared residence and a lifetime of delight up. These fresh anticipation, however, frequently led to disaster. According to studies conducted by anthropology Gabrielle Zevin ’85, people who have less education and more difficult financial prospects are much more likely to divorced, enter loving relationships, and experience accidental pregnancy.

These developments, according to some experts, indicate a “marriage turmoil.” Another think that this is only the most recent stage in a long progression of how we view loving relationships.

More and more people are thinking about relationships in a different way than ever, whether they’re looking for Tinder deadlines or long-term colleagues. These are just some of the latest additions to current passion: hooking up with a informal encounter, dating for sexual and possibly more, living together before getting married, and using cellphones to text constantly.

Despite the changes, many people still want to get married. They still value marriage’s legal benefits, such as the ability to file jointly for tax breaks and access to health insurance. And they continue to insist on how important romantic love is. In these stories, a wheelchair-using teenager develops an unlikely romance with the man hired to look after her young half brother, a woman finds a life partner at a bar, and more.