Commitment X

“Since he was a lone wolf, he didn’t understand pairing & could only see marriage as boredom. What he missed was that special coupling instinct which causes two people to come together, fill in the chinks of each other’s souls, and feel stronger for it. Coupling doesn’t always have to do with sex; you see it amongst friends who live together, or old married homosexuals who rarely even screw each other anymore, & you see it in some marriages. Two people holding each other up like flying buttresses. Two people depending on each other & babying each other & defending each other against the world outside. Sometimes it was worth all the disadvantages of marriage just to have that: one friend in an indifferent world.”

~ Erica Jong, Fear of Flying, Chapter 10: “Freud’s House”


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