Day 17 – Q 2. Do marriages have an ethical backdrop? If yes, illustrate the instances where one’s ethical standards are put to test in a marital bond.
2. Do marriages have an ethical backdrop? If yes, illustrate the instances where one’s ethical standards are put to test in a marital bond.
क्या विवाह में एक नैतिक पृष्ठभूमि है? यदि हाँ, तो उन उदाहरणों का वर्णन करें जहाँ एक वैवाहिक बंधन में नैतिक मानकों की परीक्षा होती है।
Marriage has been an important social institution. It is the basis for the family. It is a relationship between individuals which has formed the foundation of the family for most societies. Marriage can include legal, social, and religious elements. In some societies, marriage has traditionally been understood as a social contract between a man (husband) and a woman (wife).
Yes, marriages have an ethical backdrop
- According to Hinduism Marriage was considered sacred because Union (between man and woman) was considered indissoluble and irrevocable; and Emphasis was on chastity of the woman and faithfulness of the man. Even today, the sanctity of the marriage is recognized by Hindus in spite of the fact that marriage is performed for companionship and not for performing duties, and whenever found a failure, it is dissolved by divorce. Mutual fidelity and devotion to partner are still considered to be the essence of marriage.
- According Kant marriage is private matter, it is matter of right, and it is properly a contract subjected to government regulations.
- Morals like love, compassion, faith, trust, mutual respect, respecting each other views, tolerance for each other and social harmony have ethical backdrop for marriage
Instances where one’s ethical standards are put to test in a marital bond.
- Commitment: marriage involves a commitment. External social status of marriage need not bring with it any corresponding internal commitment; at best, marriage provides a social form for expressing commitments, and creates pressure to keep commitments. Anyway, the value of a commitment depends on the value of whatever it is that the individual is committed to. There is, for example, no value in being committed to a mutually harmful abusive relationship. So the appeal to commitment does not by itself explain the ethical significance of marriage.
- Trust: There is an element of faith operating with trust, because we can never truly know what our partner might do or say before the fact. Having faith in your partner—meaning you believe they will do right by you before they do it—is considered to be a strong indicator of a trusting relationship is under test. But when you are doing things which creates trust deficit then ethical standard faith on partner is put under test.
- When there is no synergy between words and actions then one’s ethical standard is put under test. For example husband says he is very helpful but when wife doing house chores he is watching television this shows husband’s ethical standard is under test.
Marriage is a very important rite in life, and as such, should have the utmost respect of all, especially of the two partners concerned. The main essence of a marriage in traditional and religious settings is to procreate and have children to fill the world and continue ones generation.