If the one constant of the universe is change, then our emotional relationships are also at the mercy of this mercurial phenomenon. Change in relationships can at times be for the better and can make them grow stronger in the long run.
However, there are times when the change can only serves to diminish.
Long before the heart begins to wane, the eyes are often the first to wander.
To seek comfort in the arms of another while still remaining in a committed relationship with someone else is the act of a true coward. To commit such an effrontery while being married is the act of an evil person.
Why not be up front and terminate one relationship before starting another? It doesn't take much to break off a relationship, just a few words at most, which will no doubt cause hurt and pain. However, this will be nothing compared to the anguish that will felt by the betrayal of trust as the extra-affair is exposed.
For almost all of us, it is quite difficult to understand how the few stolen moments of pleasure sought in the arms of another, can outweigh the inevitable disaster that awaits these perpetrators.
Self-respect and integrity are unknown to these people, as is the implied shame that will be carried by every member of their entire family for their actions.
Despite any good they may perform in their lives, history will not forget such betrayers of trust, from our leaders such as King David, King Henry VIII, New York Governor Elliot Spitzer, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, and California Governor/Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name but only a few.
These cowards could have learned a very quick lesson in life and dignity from Riker's forthrightness with Troi.
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