We're taught from a very young age that a good marriage is made of a few necessary ingredients...
While I can't argue the importance of love and respect, I find it hard to determine the true importance of "exclusivity" when it comes to living happily ever after.
The divorce rate indicates that many don't take their vows seriously as "Til death do us part" holds true for only half of couples who declare those words in front of their nearest and dearest.
So why do we put so much emphasis on the vow to "forsake all others?"
Can we not love and respect someone, while we simultaneously want someone else?
And if we've altered the institution of marriage to sneak into it with the idea of divorce as a viable option and with premarital "fun" practiced by most...
Why do we still hold our partners to the chain of monogamy when we let these other things slide?