CHAPTER TWELVE

RELATIONSHIPS—FRIENDSHIP, MARRIAGE, AND OTHER CALAMITIES

Let me start by saying I am not an expert on relationships. However, I've read some of the books by people who claim to be experts and I have come to the conclusion they are not really experts either.

Most of the bestselling books on relationships point out that men and women are different—even from different planets. Do any of us really need a book to tell us men and women are different? That's sort of the basic attraction in the first place, in my opinion. It's not just that men and women are different; all of us are different. Again, no need for a book or a seminar on diversity to teach us that, just a little observation and common sense would do it. What we need to remember is that we are alike. It's the commonality we share that will bring us closer together, not the differences. We need to be discovering, nurturing, and celebrating what we have in common in order to have more harmonious relationships.

By the way, I don't really care who or what you are in a relationship with: male/female, female/female, male/male, young/old, person/farm animal or blow-up doll. I think that is your business and the rest of us should just butt out and leave you to it. As long as one of you isn't underage, then I don't care. Consenting adults have the right to pursue any relationship that is based in love and brings mutual happiness. Period. All of us need to keep our moralistic, hypocritical noses out of everyone's business ...

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