Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Marriage Isn’t For You
LDS writer and videographer Seth Adam Smith wrote an article titled "Marriage Isn't For You" that has gone viral.
After having been married for a year and a half, he concluded that marriage is not for him. He wrote, "a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love."
"You don't marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy," Seth recalls his dad telling him. "More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children."
This selfless idea rang true. Within two days, it was read over 20 million times. It was featured on the front page of the Huffington Post, and also in the New York Daily News, Today, The Blaze, Parents, the Christian Post, FamilyShare, and the U.K.'s Daily Mail, just to name a few.
But not everyone believes. Seth's article prompted a retort by a woman writing for Cosmopolitan who claims that Seth's philosophy is nothing more than old-school romance. But maybe the world needs more unselfish, old-school romance.
Seth is also the editor-in-chief of ForwardWalking.com, a website dedicated to helping people move forward in life.
You can subscribe to Seth's blog or follow him on Facebook or Google+.
See the blog post featured on NBC's Today Show.
Watch an interview with Seth and his wife on Fox and Friends.
Update May 5, 2015: Seth has now published the book Marriage Isn't for You: It's for the One You Love and it's available as a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.