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|Broken hearts in modern times.
Written by Rachel G
(10/10/2009 4:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne broke her own heart?, penned by Robbin
These days people in most cultures have much greater freedom to engage in emotional relationships than in the past. 'Broken hearts' are commonplace - the theme of a lot of popular music. Often there is less than perfect symmetry in the degree of emotional commitment of the two parties.
People end relationships for many different reasons, sometimes with grace and kindness, but oftentimes not. Being dumped hurts, especially if the one being dumped has, like Marianne, allowed themselves to fall wholeheartedly in love. There are many reasons for ending relationships, and it is not impossible to have some real affection for a person whilst realising that the relationship won't do for the long term.
Where do the responsibilities lie in relationships where the magic words "I love you" have not been exchanged and there has been no explicit emotional commitment?
Is it wrong to end a relationship with someone who has fallen deeply in love with you?
Is it a good idea for people to exercise caution, and not allow themselves to get completely emotionally involved until they know for sure that the other person is equally committed? Or is it better to love wholeheartedly and risk emotional hurt if the beloved loves less and won't make a permanent commitment?
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