Polygamy is a marriage of more than two adults and is currently illegal in the United States. However, it is present in our history and in the history of the religion on which the U.S. was founded, namely Christianity. Recently, some adults have entered into familial arrangements that, though not legal marriages, are a social form of polygamy. Is it possible that polygamy might present a cure for both divorce and affairs that have become so rampant in conventional marriages?
Certainly, the divorce of one partner from a polygamous marriage of three or more would lessen the severity of financial repercussions on the family unit, to the degree that there are number of partners in the polygamous marriage. It is possible, also, that with multiple partners available to meet both emotional and sexual needs, that one might be less prone to look elsewhere for these.
What is to stop one partner from betraying the others with an illicit affair with a person they have found to be irresistibly attractive? Consider also the group dynamic where the third person feels left outside if the other two form a stronger bond, even if temporarily for the night. This could easily be considered a slight against this third partner. It is easy to imagine that the social dynamics become extremely complicated and unbelievably tenuous the more partners are involved in a polygamous marriage. Also, the marriage bond of commitment to the members as individuals lessens with greater numbers involved in the marriage.
In the end, people will always betray other people if it suits them and no social arrangement of any sort will guarantee needs being met anymore than any other. Needs are met by individuals caring for each other, regardless of social arrangements. There is less consistency of individual care with greater numbers in the marriage and more impersonal emotions, which lead to complications and a vacuum where authenticate love cannot thrive.
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