Relationships in a World of Individualism

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    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

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    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

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Millennials, Marriage, and My Little Pony: Let’s Just Be Friends

Posted by Dale Kuehne on July 10, 2014

A recent survey from Pew illustrates the ambivalent view Millennials hold about marriage.

The data seems to indicate that Millennials believe our communities can flourish without marriage.

Let’s just be friends.

Can our communities flourish without marriage, families, and children?

Or is friendship enough?

Or is friendship merely another word for to describe a loss of relational hope?

Without knowing it.

How can we make sense of it? I invite you to watch My Little Pony with me.

A children’s television show created by Millennials that spells out the a new narrative of marriage and friendship.

Let’s just be friends.

Shall we sing together … or separately and in unison.

[Queen Chrysalis]

This day is going to be perfect
The kind of day of which I’ve dreamed since I was small
Everypony will gather ’round
Say I look lovely in my gown
What they don’t know is that I have fooled them all!

[Princess Cadance]

This day was going to be perfect
The kind of day of which I’ve dreamed since I was small
But instead of having cake
With all my friends to celebrate
My wedding bells, they may not ring for me at all…

[Queen Chrysalis]

I could care less about the dress
I won’t partake in any cake
Vows, well I’ll be lying when I say

That through any kind of weather
I’ll want us to be together
The truth is I don’t care for him at all

No I do not love the groom
In my heart there is no room
But I still want him to be all mine

[Princess Cadance]

We must escape before it’s too late
Find a way to save the day
Hope, I’ll be lying if I say

“I don’t fear that I may lose him
To one who wants to use him
Not care for, love, and cherish him each day”

For I oh so love the groom
All my thoughts he does consume
Oh, Shining Armor, I’ll be there very soon

[Queen Chrysalis]

Finally the moment has arrived
For me to be one lucky bride

[Princess Cadance]

Oh, the wedding we won’t make
He’ll end up marrying a fake
Shining Armor will be…

[Queen Chrysalis]: …mine, all mine. [evil laugh]

This Day Aria (Part 1) by Daniel Ingram from the Episode: A Camelot Wedding (Part 2) (Season 2) from the TV Series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


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