Letters to the Editor for the weekly print issue of March 12, 2012: Regarding Gen Y courtship patterns, one reader asks, 'What ever happened to true love?' Another reader explains why a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would bring more harm than good.
Regarding the Feb. 13 cover story, "Modern Romance," which presents the average Gen-Y attitude toward marriage: It horrifies me that my peers are satisfied with companionship based on mere physical gratification. I can't imagine anything less romantic than a "hookup" without any expectation for permanency.
What has happened to the ideal of "true love"? The accepted mode of "trying out" marriage by living together first is not an act of wisdom, but of ignorance of the essential qualities for entering a marriage: trust, faith, unselfishness, devotion.
Confusing the rebellion against traditional restraints with "liberation" risks throwing the baby out with the bath water. Marriage is still the only moral provision for sexual relationships and human generation and will always be a central pillar of human civilization. The models for successful marriage that today's young people are allegedly seeking are the same as ever, but young people aren't looking in the right places.
Fidelity, purity, commitment, and a belief in the sacredness of the marriage vow are as sure of success as they have always been.
In the Feb. 13 commentary "Least bad option on Iran: US should strike first," Matthew Kroenig's five points do not look too convincing.