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And so did polygamy. Big deal. China had several forms of marriage or spousal binding over the millenia. Just LIKE JUDAISM DID. First the jews had polygamy (read the bible) , and eventually it turned to monogamy. The bible has several passages about how to go about polygamy, should we embrace that? I mean it IS the original definition right? While we're at it the Bible has lots to say about slaves and how to properly sell your daughter into slavery, not to mention many exhortations to not allow X type of nonbeliever to live, should we bring those back? I mean they were laws for a LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGG TIME in Europe the heartland of Western Culture. (the most famous being in Exodus where the exhortation is "thou shalt not suffer the witch to live".)
( Interesting fact of the day: the term WITCH in the Kings english is translated in the original language as "caster of HARMFUL SPELLS" marking a distinction between white magic (helpful) and black magic (harmful).)
Want an example of a stagnate culture? Rome. Worked great at first and got worse and worse and worse and then died right off. All that tech. All that infrastructure. All that military might. All the economic power. It all meant nothing in the end. The Athenian empire is also a good illustration of what happens to a culture that refuses to adjust its norms and mores from time to time.
Want an even better (though fictional) example? The Imperium of Man in the Warhammer 40k universe of science fiction fame.
And what culture are you talking about? The Romans and Greeks all had concubines. The Jews and muslims certainly did. The Franks, Germans, Byzantines. Scythians, Chinese, Japanese, even Incans and North American Native peoples, all had several sexual partners. If anything we, with just one wife, are the exception, not the rule, to the point where it appears not just unusual but downright perverted and sick.
I think it would be nice to be treated the way I was treated in China. But, our focus on youth has kept us ahead of the game.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Marriage = Guy+Chick. Whatever else, nobody cares what you call it, it ain't marriage. Tough shit. Find or re-purpose a word like 'gay'. Just don't fuck up the word 'marriage'. Now go stick your dick or a hamster or whatever up an ass and leave us alone.
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