So remember all the way back to yesterday when we linked to that blog post that’s gone way viral in the past few days called “Marriage Isn’t for You”? In it, the author talks about some enlightening advice his father gave him about marriage, which suggested that when someone enters into such a union, it’s not for themselves that they’re doing it—it’s for the person they love and are marrying.
Well, that’s one perspective on marriage. And today, on our buddy site phillymag.com‘s news and opinion blog, writer Joel Mathis has published his thoughts on this particular outlook. (Hint: He disagrees.)
See what you think:
First thing’s first: I’m sure that Seth Adam Smith is a really, really nice guy. If you’ve seen the pictures on his website and read his writing, it’s clear that Smith has got a kind of earnest, freshly scrubbed All-American handsomeness, along with an intense desire to be a Good Man that one finds in really popular youth pastors. It’s a combination of qualities that is winning and should take him far in life.
But man, I cannot stand his most popular piece of writing. You’ve probably read it. It’s a blog post titled “Marriage Isn’t For You,” and in the last week it’s been linked in a million Facebook timelines, been featured on the Today show, and generally been applauded as a font of wisdom about what marriage should be.
Only: It’s not.