Included in many marriage vows are those words, affirming the commitment of fidelity and love of two people to each other in one unified bond.
I find the wedding ring, even the engagement ring, very interesting in the way different cultures approach symbols of marriage/engagements differently.
In this episode of HIMYM, I'm turning from the main plot-line with Ted and Barney, and focusing on the side-story. Robin and newly engaged friend Lily go out for an evening together, and Lily is jealous of the attention her single friend is drawing from the men.
Two things: 1) She wants the attention from other men, and 2) Her fiancee, Marshall, encourages her to take her ring off and "have a good time."
This would be alarming if they stayed in this state of "casual" but eventually hard-wired human condition comes into play. Lily, once she feels even a little bit hit-on puts her ring back on with lightning-speed and exclaims she's engaged. Marshall turns his car right around to the bar and prepares to fight off a guy he thinks is hitting on his fiancee.
Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. - Proverbs 5:15
"You want to fight off loser guys all night, does that sound fun to you?" asks Robin. What Lily learns is that all the single girls are looking for what she already has.
Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? - Proverbs 5:16
In a show that at first glance appears to glorify the singleness lifestyle, we catch a glimpse of committal love that is a greater treasure. Just a starting point, I'm sure this will develop more over the course of future episodes.