Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Are you “out of date” on “Dating”...?

Are you “out of date” on “Dating”...?

Let me give you a “refresher course” on “Dating” – in a nutshell.

Romantic Musings
A Spoof


A “girl” asked me out on a date.

Since  I am “out of date” on “dating” – I decided to re-check the meaning of the term “dating”.

So – I Googled the word “Dating” – and the top hit was the Wikipedia Page on “Dating”.

Here is the definition of “Dating” from the Wikipedia Page on Dating
(url: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dating accessed on 07 March 2016):

Dating is a part of the human mating process  whereby  two people meet socially for companionship  beyond the level of friendship  or with the aim of each assessing the other’s suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship or marriage. 

Later – there is an elaboration:

One of the main purposes of dating is for two or more people to evaluate one another’s suitability as a long term companion or spouse.

From the definition of “dating” above – I surmise that: 

The principal objective of “Dating” is – “to assess the suitability of the Dating Partner – for an “Intimate Relationship” – or as a Prospective Wife/Husband” 

The aim of “Dating” is to assess the suitability of the Dating Partner”: 

1. For an “Intimate Relationship” 


2. As a Prospective Wife/Husband” 

So – in the light of the definition of dating – I reflected on the “moot question”:

“Should I accept the girl’s dating proposal and go out on a date with her...?”

Well – let me ruminate on the two salient aspects of the “dating definition: 


I am married.

In fact – I am “much married” for more than 35 years to the same wife.

And – I do not intend to divorce my wife and marry the “girl” who has asked me out for a “date”.

Actually – even if I want to marry the “girl” – it may not be feasible – since my wife may not be very eager to divorce me.

So – why should I waste time and resources “assessing” the girl’s “suitability” as a “prospective wife” – when I know that marrying her is not possible.

Now – does the “girl” want to “date” me in order to assess my “suitability” as a “Prospective Husband”...? 

Well – you will have to ask her that. 


And – since I am married – as far as having an extra-marital “intimate relationship” is concerned – the less said the better. 


As far as going on a “date” with the “girl” is concerned – for me – both objectives of dating” don’t seem feasible to achieve.

I cannot marry the girl.

I am not inclined to have an intimate relationship” with her. 

So – with both options closed (marriage and intimate relationship– sadly – for me – the pleasure of “dating” is ruled out. 


Well – you may console me and say: 

“Why don’t you take your wife out on a date…?”

Come on – don’t be crazy.

Do you want me to assess the suitability of my own wife for an “intimate relationship” (or as a “prospective wife”) after being married to her for more than 35 years…? 


So – “Dating” is ruled out for me – both inside marriage and outside marriage.

Yes – no intra-marital dating for me. 

And  no extra-marital dating for me. 

In fact – in my entire life  I have never had the experience of dating.

So – no “pre-marital” dating for me. 

I have had zero dates – “pre-marital”, intra-marital” or extra-marital” – yes – I have had a zero dating life.

Sadly – I am destined to live a “dateless” life. 


Let me summarize and recap the 3 salient aspects of “Dating

1. “Dating is a part of the Human Mating Process

(So – Don’t “Date” unless you want to “Mate”...) 

2. The principal objective of “Dating” is “to assess the suitability of the Dating Partner for an “Intimate Relationship” or as a prospective Wife/Husband...” 

(So – Don’t “Date” someone unless you are considering having an “Intimate Relationship” with that person or are serious about marrying that person...) 

3. Dating” your own Spouse is infructuous 

(Do you want to assess the suitability of your own husband/wife for an “Intimate Relationship” or as a prospective Husband/Wife...?)

Dear Friends: 

Since I am “Much Married” – and – I am a “Puritan” Prude  the pleasure of “Dating” is ruled out for me. 

So – all I can do  is to wish you “Happy Dating” (and “Mating”) 

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This is a revised version on my story posted online earlier in my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve Blog on March 8, 2016 at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/03/dating-guide-should-i-go-on-date.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/dating-guide-what-is-dating.html  and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2017/03/can-married-people-date.html

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