Contributor / 2012-06-24 15:41:02
The quest for happiness is probably the main goal for many people. They search for new pleasures and stronger emotions, and try to avoid any pain or discomfort whatever it takes. But this path does not ultimately lead to happiness.
Faced with the inevitable problems arising in marriage, mainstream ideology suggests family breakup as the only solution and as a conquest of freedom.
For years now, the great entertainment industry at Hollywood has been systematically inculcating us with the benefits of divorce through its movies. Because not only movie characters got divorced, but also celebrities in real life, which was spread in mass media and particularly in gossip magazines.
But not everybody has caught this virus. A case in point are the Simpsons, who, apart from the negative feedback they have gotten, show a very positive side: this family endures all imaginable troubles and keeps together and well-established. It is made up of three children—a baby, a girl who is both nasty and charming, and a boy causing countless problems.
The father, Homer, is lazy, a loafer and a drunkard, while the mother, Marge, is full of common sense, religious sentiment and truthful affection. Over more than 400 episodes, this animated cartoon series has shown that family is the best long-term investment in a deceitful world gone adrift.
It is said that, as a boy, Chesterton heard that in the United States spouses could get divorced on incompatibility grounds. If this were the case, everybody would already have gotten divorced, since, due to sexual differentiation, men and women have manifest physical and psychological differences that make them different but complementary at the same time.
But beyond differences, spouses should love, respect, be faithful to, and help each other. Once divorce is introduced into society, marital happiness and security disappears.
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