Here I am watching overly sappy fantasy romance. The king chooses a commoner for his wife – to be Queen of England. In doing so, he denies his country’s customs, the wishes of the man who fought to make him king and the wishes of his own mother. He undergoes much hardship throughout his life because of his love for her.
It made me wonder of how this applies in the real world. Sure people marry people they shouldn’t all the time. People marry outside their religion. They marry someone people think is too old for them. They marry poor people that their rich families despise. They marry for love.
So the question is – “What would you do for love?
How much would you be willing to sacrifice?
How many people would you be willing to kick out of your life due to their constant hatefulness to your spouse?
How far away would you move to be with that person?
Would you give up all of your friends and family?
Would you change religions?
Would you be willing to defend your spouse to anyone, to stand up for their place in your life?
Would you stand by them no matter their choices in life – good or bad? Stand by them if they decide to suddenly quit their job and become a mime? Stand my them if they wanted to switch careers?
Would you stay by their side if they become life threatening ill?
If they committed a crime, would you stand by them and refuse to say anything against them to the police?
Would you help them bury a body, dispose of the evidence, and keep the secret?
If they escaped jail, would you let them hide out in your home?
If they told you of an upcoming crime they were planning to commit, would you tell the police to prevent it from happening?
If they were suffering a terminal illness and were enduring unbearable pain and suffering and all options for recovery have otherwise been exhausted and they asked for your help, would you assist them in helping them die?
If they cheated on you, would you end the relationship completely? What if you had kids, would you still make the same decision? What if you had only been married for a couple of years – would you end it over the cheating? What if you had been married 20 years – would you end it after an affair?
Do you believe lies your spouse tells even when your intuition tells you your spouse is lying – do you give them the benefit of the doubt and tell yourself it is true?
Do you lie to others to protect your spouse’s image with them?
I am just curious to see the limits some might place on love. I am also curious as to how many feel so strongly about love that they are willing to cross any line. And then there is the marriage aspect – does being married change how far you will go for your lover? Once in love, how many people have the power to leave the person they love?