On Fidelity

The forsaking of all others is a keeping of faith, not just with the chosen one, but with the ones forsaken.  The marriage vow unites not just woman and a man with each other; it unites each of them with the community in a vow of sexual responsibility toward all others.  The whole community is married, realizes its essential unity, in each of its marriages.

Wendell Berry, The Body and the Earth, The Art of the Commonplace, pg 117

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