Profit vs Ethics Essay

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What is Marriage? It is a contract or a ceremony that legitimizes sexual intercourse and childbearing. Marriage (also called matrimony or wedlock) is a social union or legal contract between people called a spouse that establishes rights and obligations between the spouses, between the spouses and their children, and between the spouses and their in-laws. Marriage is considered a cultural universal. In many cultures, marriage is formalized via a wedding ceremony in terms of legal recognition. What are the Functions of Marriage? In the first place, marriage is intended to provide security, both financial and emotional. Marriage provides a complementary self which serves as an emotional counter-balance. Marriage should also provide emotional and financial security for the children who come into a home. The high incidence of delinquency among children who come from divided homes is tangible evidence of this need of security. A third major function of marriage is to generate and distribute those ideals of personal responsibility and participation which provide the backbone of our civilization. The first step in accomplishing this function is the establishment of absolute fidelity between husband and wife. A fourth major function of marriage, which is purposely placed last in the present list, deals with the perpetuation of the race. Too often this function is given pre-eminence as the outstanding function of marriage. However, this function is so intimately bound up with the other functions that it cannot properly be treated independently. One of the factors that make marriage most interesting is that this relationship is never static. We will therefore follow the sequence, beginning with the choice of a marital partner and continuing on through the various phases of married life until we come to the period of mature years. What are the norms for mate
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