Most people say they find open relationships unappealing or even ethically wrong. Why is it that an open relationship, in which two consenting parties have agreed to have multiple partners, is less accepted by society than pervasive cheating?
I have welcomed Eric's recent marriage to Patricia with an open heart. At the same time, Eric has been understanding of my need to live a long distance away and find other partners, despite ongoing arguments.
I believe in monogamy, but based on my own personal experience, I am not convinced that all of us are meant to find one mate to last our entire lifetime, although I have great admiration for people who do successfully mate for life.
Relationships and all their pitfalls are still the most important and life-changing circumstances that define our life. When it is all said and done, it is the only really meaningful markers we have to remember our lives.