|LOVE & MARRIAGE << PHILOSOPHY << XU ZHIMO|
Love & marriage
When talking about Xu Zhimo, people often think of Lin Huiyin, Lu Xiaoman and their love stories with him. Xu Zhimo once said, "Marriage is the only thing that is important in life". From here, we can see how much Xu Zhimo valued love and marriage.
Xu Zhimo spent his whole life seeking true love. He was forced to marry Zhang Youyi whom he did not love at all. When he was in Cambridge University, he met Lin Huiyin and fell in love with her. In order to marry Huiyin, he divorced Zhang Youyi, but Huiyin left Cambridge quietly. Xu Zhimo went back to China, heartbroken.. Lu Xiaoman's appearance gave colour to Zhimo's life. Zhimo loved Xiaoman deeply and wrote many romantic, famous poems. Love and marriage gave Xu Zhimo energy. Without them, Xu Zhimo would not have been so famous.
Xu Zhimo dared break the rules of the old society to chase real love. This showed how brave and how faithful in love he was. However, he was criticized by a lot of people of his remarriage. He rebated that these people were cowards who did not have the courage to challenge customs. He pointed out that this was a coward's world.
Zhimo never stopped chasing free love but he did not at all agree
with free love. He said that free love caused many problems. When a
man loved a woman, that woman might not love that man. This would
only waste the man's time and money. Even if the woman did agree to
marry him, that might be for the sake of his money. When a woman
wanted to find a husband, it was very difficult for her to find
someone compatible with her. She might be trapped by bastards. In
Zhimo's opinion, the best marriage should be that two persons knew
each other first and tried to get along with each other. Only when
they really loved each other that they married. Zhimo's point of
view had some positive effect in his world.
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