I will be faithful.

If I said, “ I will be faithful” I think the automatic assumption would be that I was talking about being faithful to a romantic partner. Despite faith’s importance to religion, even religious folks are rarely heard to declare, “I will be faithful.”
In our current climate, we would seem to be the most concerned with being faithful to each other. This is the essence of a promise between lovers. But when else might we hear this phrase now? A writer adapting the novel for the screen, perhaps, or a theatre director known for his avant garde interpretations letting us know that he won’t be messing this particular dramatic text around. It is in art and in love that we are worried about faithfulness, I suppose. In religion, you just have faith – in love and in art, you are faithful.

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