Aside from being a supreme disappointement (a show about having three wives on HBO, with an explicit Nudity warning beforehand, and all we see is Bill Paxton’s butt? Repeatedly?) Big Love is actually an interesting show, that got me thinking to some interesting issues.
For all those in my vast audience who define marriage as between one man and one woman, and defend that definition as being crucial to the concept of “family,” tell me, who does more damage to the beloved institution of family? The man who marries a second (and third) wife to expand his family or the man who divorces his wife, leaves her to fend for herself (even if he makes alimony payments) and shacks up with his mistress?
So then why is divorce legal (and accepted?) and polygamy so frowned upon (to say nothing of homosexual marriage, which we’ve discussed before)?
Is there a moral imperative against being married to more than one woman? I would say no.
Speaking only with regard to natural law, as one law professor of mine put it, “monogamy is dubious.” Our natural inclination is to spread our seed as far as it will go, and procreate with the best mate possible, as often as possible.
Of course, we’ve evolved (or been created suprior, whatevs) into superior, rational, moral beings. Now we believe in marriage. But the Torah clearly has no problem with Polygamy (or divorce). So what’s the big deal?
We may have solved the shidduch crisis!
updated 3/28/06 9:25am in response to comments