“either [by] complete abstinence or unmitigated monogamy…..we have been closing up the way of escape. We have done this through the poets and novelists by persuading humans that a curious, and usually shortlived, experience which they call ‘being in love’ is the only respectable ground for marriage; that marriage can, and ought to, render this excitement permanent; and that a marriage which does not do so is no longer binding. This idea is our parody of the idea that came from the Enemy…. You can thus get the humans to accept as rhetorical eulogies of ‘being in love’ what were in fact plain descriptions of sexual intercourse. The truth is that whenever a man lies with a woman, there, whether they like it or not, a transcendental relation is set up between them which must be eternally enjoyed or eternally endured. From the true statement that this transcendental relation was intended to produce, and, if obediently entered into, too often will produce, affection and the family, humans can be made to infer the false belief that the blend of affection, fear, and desire which they call ‘being in love’ is the only thing that makes a marriage either happy or holy.”The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis

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