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particular sentence of the Jan. 14 article “Matchmakers’ ‘marriage hunts’ beating out fate to secure mate” caught my attention. It reads: “Fixing faults leads to a successful marriage, and for that you need someone to think objectively.” From this I am curious as to what these matchmakers define as a successful marriage? And I can’t help wondering how many of the marriages pass the test of time. Is there a followup service?

Furthermore, I wonder what “faults” must be fixed. The article seems to hint at personality flaws, which would beg the question: How many of these people truly fix their flaws and, as a result, have a marriage that lasts? Or is it only a temporary fix to attract a mate? If it’s a temporary fix, could we say that some matchmaking services do nothing more than create a false or misleading impression?

The article seems to imply that these matchmaking services attempt to fix people’s faults, perhaps only temporarily, to ensure a successful marriage. Since the article does not include matchmaking details, I cannot comment further except to conclude that a matchmaking service is not as good for society as everyone thinks if it undermines the basic requirement for a lasting marriage — honesty. I can only wonder how long these fault fixes for clients last (before reality) spirals away once again from their dreams.

derick siu

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