All young couples should view and study this teaching before thinking of marriage. When I think of any couple that has had a long successful marriage, they tend to fit this “transcendent third” formula. Yet doesn’t this concept go back even further than Aristotle – all the way back to the Book of Genesis when God created man and woman? When God said “…it is not good for man to be alone” and created woman from man’s rib, wasn’t God actually the implied “third” entity right then, too? I think so.