Collapse, as often as not, is the result of persisting in an old attitude towards some important relationship, which, in the course of time, has changed its nature.
D. H. Lawrence, quoted in The Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy
As a divorced man, tell me about it! But it applies to so much of life. When did these manufacturing jobs start being sent overseas? When did banks stop making decisions locally? When did flossing become so important? Relationships are too complicated to hope that we could ever come close to fully understanding their changes as they slowly unfold through time; even for the most astute and attitude-adjusting among us. Some collapse is inevitable. I say approach your relationships with good will and good humour and you might be OK.