The Remarkable Spinster

When people have children to look after them in their old age, but expect the children to have children of their own before doing so, we have a stable system in which everyone sacrifices and everyone is sacrificed for. In some cultures, however, symmetry is broken; the parents demand that the daughter remain a spinster to look after them. Who, then, will look after the spinster when she is old? Apparently the parents do not care. That the woman still performs her assigned duty, knowing that she will die lonely and miserable, and knowing that her parents know it, is a remarkable thing. If she herself is insisting on remaining single, then one suspects that she is looking forward to a reward in the afterlife; she will not, of course, be disappointed, since she will not exist to be disappointed.

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 09:34 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink

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