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originally posted by: Willingly
I really mean it. And here is why:
1.) In a modern democratic secular society there is no need to marry other than getting tax-reductions. Children who where born by an un-married couple don't have lots of disadvantages in such a society.
2.) The devorce-rates are pretty high in western societies. So why even begin to promise something one can not keep in the long run anyway?
3.) I think un-married couples are more happy in the long run. Just my un-educated guess and observation.
4.) Having made the promise is something that will be denied (unconsciously) by the parts who did it, because it has to. People are not the property of someone else. And marriage is such a contract, kinda sorta, that transforms lovers into legalized, govermentally sanctioned entities.
5.) I'm not married....so nobody gets married! (...sarc...)
So...tell me, please, why marry and what for?
I think in less than a hundred years, less and less church weddings will take place, and more outdoor ceremonies, or just big parties will take place.
The only real problem I have with being unmarried is that being a 33 year old man and referring to the mother of your children as your "girlfriend" really bugs the crap out of me. "Life Partner" is too pretentious, but girlfriend just seems too middle-school for a man nearing middle-age.
No idea. I suppose if you truly are in love with that other person AND make the 'promises' and mean them, I suppose to each their own.
It's really up to the couples if they want a marriage, and if they want to share the moment of expressing their ultimate love with one another then to each their own I guess.
Nothing against making money, just how we have been conditioned to spend money on things that really aren't necessary nor needs the permission of the government!
I would say a high population has very little to no ability to judge themselves, their situation, and future situations in social settings and monogamy.
It's especially odd because society still views non-marriage as somewhat taboo and 'weird', so there's this lingering pressure for people to get married at some point in their life.