¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Richard K. Kerckhoff, NCFR’s 32nd President, was a professor at Purdue University. He noted that NCFR had attempted to retain its permanent core of meaning while at the same time adapting and adjusting to the rapidly changing world around it.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Middle-aged marriages may be considered “good” . . . when they are to a great extent unpainful and unexamined rather than when they are stimulating and challenging. They may be comfortable when they are easy to endure and easy to ignore. Marriage counselors have long noted that when trouble arises in middle-aged marriages, it is often related to the boredom of the union, not to its traumatic qualities. Infidelity, alcoholism, hypochondria, divorce and suicide must, in middle age, be as much related to the deadliness of the marital union as to any pain it can produce . . . this deadliness may pervade even those unions which we are tending to categorize—with the contented compliance of the husband and wife—as happy marriages . . . Middle age and marriage in middle age, then, can be characterized as suffering from success.