If you prefer to maintain your independence, then your partner has a right to know. If you are a person looking for an exclusive life partner, your partner has a right to know that too. When you are honest with the person you are dating, it provides you both an opportunity to make the best decision for his situation.
If your partner wants a lifelong partnership and you clearly don't, he/she can move on to find someone who is interested in the same thing or he/she can make a decision to stay with you in the hope you might change your mind.
Conversely, if your partner wants a commitment, then you have the right to know so you can make an informed decision about whether or not you want to stay in a relationship where your partner is attempting to get you to a place you don't want to go or if you want to move on to possibly greener pastures.
Transparency in relationships is a piece that is often missing. We fear if we are transparent, then our significant other won't want to be with us anymore. However, if you have to pretend to be something you aren't to maintain your current relationship, perhaps that relationship isn't the right one for you. A healthy relationship is one in which you know how your partner is, what they want and are accepting of both.
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