Russian President Vladimir Putin has become something of a hero to conservative Christians of Europe and her colonies (such as the USA), so I’m saddened to read of his suffering a divorce. Russia Today quotes him with:
President Putin elaborated on his decision: “All my activities, all my work is being done in the public sphere, with absolute publicity. Someone would like it, someone would not, but some people are just absolutely incompatible with this,” he said, adding that his wife had been “standing the watch” for nearly nine years.
It sounds like Putin has become a workaholic, devoting his life to Russia, and Lyudmila didn’t enjoy the resulting lifestyle, as well as publicity. The marriage was sacrificed as a result.
I fear workaholism is a serious affliction of the US and Europe, most lacking the worthwhile cause Putin serves. Unlike many though, Putin did produce two daughters, who are now in their mid-20s. And 30 years of marriage is something.
Laurel Loflund put it well at Faith and Heritage:
Only you must think past today, think past the days when your present or future children prepare to leave the nest and begin their own families. What is the best use of your time, your money, when looked at through the lens of family survival and growth?
Too many Americans are workaholics, devoting themselves overmuch to causes or to monetary pursuits. A proper balance is needed.