Our regular reader and commenter Ypp offers this brief meditation on the analogy between family dynamics and international relations.
My Wife and NATO
The more I think about my relations with my wife, the more it seems to me to resemble the relationship between Russia and NATO.
I am a big hairy man, almost like a bear. Since we got married, my wife has always been fighting for independence and for her rights, though I never tried to deprive her of her rights. At the same time, she tends to grab more and more power, and it seems to me that she disregards my opinion. That’s because she is an active person who likes challenge and wants always to be the first.
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From time to time I get angry about her behavior, and start a loud quarrel. I say some unjust words and threaten to end our relationship forever. She replies angrily and we stop talking to each other.
After some time has passed, I realize that she did not have any intentions to openly fight with me or break up our relationship. That her anger and hatred are because she really thinks that she is unprovokedly attacked and has to defend herself. Also I understand, that by grabbing power and disregarding my opinion she did not want to harm me — it is simply her regular mode of operation. Vice versa, she did it all for my own good. And finally I recall that she really did a lot for our family economy, and forgive her. I can even admit some fault of mine, but she never does.
After such a quarrel, she treats me more respectfully for some time, and even does some cleanup. However, as soon as our relations normalize, she starts to grab power, to disregard my opinion and stops cleaning up. Thus, Peace prevails.