Vows still sa­cred to some

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

The vow is the most touch­ing part of a wed­ding cer­e­mony. It shows the de­ter­mi­na­tion that only death can part the cou­ple and that they will love each other for­ever ( Mar­riage isn’t a safety net, May 8).

Many wed­ding vows are bro­ken the minute re­al­ity sets in. In daily life, we tend to for­get about the vow, which is per­haps why the di­vorce rate in China has risen over the past few years.

It seems that a mar­riage cer­tifi­cate can­not se­cure a mar­riage any­more, let alone an oral vow. For two peo­ple who want to live to­gether for the rest of their lives, a vow gives the mar­riage a sense of ho­li­ness. De­spite the high di­vorce rate, I don’t think wed­ding vows are mean­ing­less. On the con­trary, I think wed­ding vows should be fur­ther pro­moted. Peo­ple should be­lieve that true love ex­ists and that mar­riage is not a game. I know that fear of be­com­ing a “left­over woman” has more or less pushed many women to get mar­ried shortly af­ter meet­ing their part­ner. In­deed, light­ning mar­riages are not un­com­mon nowa­days.

One who treats mar­riage se­ri­ously doesn’t need any­thing to se­cure it. But if they don’t, no mat­ter how many vows he or she makes, it will not help. Pe­ter Sun, by e-mail

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