'The relational order of a society can be articulated as a measure of the health of its relationships. One broken marriage or a few single parents - or a failed friendship or a fall-out between business partners, for that matter - doesn't destroy the relational framework upon which our society rests, any more than cutting down a single tree threatens the entire natural order, including every woodland and forest. But there are general norms for relationships, ideal patterns that God has built into creation, and when we stray too far from these the result for society is akin to that of deforestation for the environment. The balance is disturbed, with unwelcome and sometimes unpredictable consequences. There is, broadly speaking, a right way to approach relationships, as there is a right way to interact with the environment.'
Guy Brandon, Just Sex, p.28.