Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Even Hollywood Marriages Need "Work"

Did you see Ben Affleck accept the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday night?

He had been snubbed by the Academy for the Best Director Award, but he was humble and eloquent accepting the top prize, as was to be expected. The surprise came when he was expressing his gratitude to his wife.

He shocked the audience because his acknowledgement of his wife was not the sweetest but it may have been the most honest.  He addressed his beautiful movie star wife Jennifer Garner and said, "I want to thank you for working on marriage for 10 Christmases. It’s good, it is work, but it’s the best kind of work, and there’s no one I’d rather work with."

Marriage is work? This can't come as a surprise to anyone who's been in a long term relationship, but for some reason we don't want to hear it from movie stars -- who's lives we've come to believe are to perfect as to require any work.

The truth about marriage (and Affleck's Oscar speech) is revealed in an article on Huffington Post by Melissa Wall. She says:

Humans crave sexual novelty. We get bored. We lose interest after just two years. We find our intimacy crushed by the weight of daily routines. Marriage is a voluntary commitment that flies in the face of all scientific research and human evolution.

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