ASTOLFO O. DE OLIVEIRA FILHO
Translator: FELIPE DARELLA
From: Consolador - Weekly Magazine of Spiritism
Year 2 - N° 63 – July 6, 2008
Spiritism teaches us marriage was an advancement in the history of mankind and its abolishment would be going backwards putting theman below some animal.
There is nothing more discussed than marriage, we understand. LINTON defines it as being the social recognized union between people of different genders. LAURENT calls it "plea of society, basis of public and private morality". GOETHE understands that marriage is the basis of every culture and LESSING says that "the great school established by God Himself for the education of humans”. There are, however, among philosophers and scholars those who are against it, as SCHOPENHAUER who stated that "in our monogamist hemisphere, marriage is losing half of your rights and earning twice as much obligation". Everybody knows that saying which compares marriage to a math formula: a sum of worries, a subtraction of freedom, a multiplication of children and a division of goods. In the field of civil law, marriage is defined as the permanent union between a man and a woman, according to the law, in order to reproduce, help each other and raise their kids.