Wednesday, September 7, 2016

What Does Marriage Mean in 2016?


A recent conversation with someone sparked this question. What does marriage mean in 2016? Naturally, nuptials and what follows are approached differently depending on the culture, so I'm only questioning how it is in the USA, and nations of similar orientation. Has the concept of marriage grown obsolete in contemporary America?

As with most life decisions, I don't think there is an answer that applies across the board. For many, marrying still makes a lot of sense - whether for family, financial, or other reasons. (Yes: marrying because of money doesn't make anyone a horrible person – so long as both understand the nature of the relationship.) However, in light of the current state of society, I think not marrying, at least in the formal sense, is a wise decision to consider.

I can't count the number of couples I've met that seemed married because they accepted the notion that it was the proper thing to do, and were suffering silently (and needlessly) as a result. There's also those who marry with hidden intentions - and not the healthy kind. The good thing about being single is having your options and opportunities remain open. Committing to another person – another life – is no small matter, and should not be entered into lightly.

Ultimately, marriage is neither right nor wrong, in and of itself. It comes down to what those involved make it to be. Industry loves marriage. Media loves marriage. Religion obviously loves it too; but, does marriage love you? Obviously, there's only one person qualified to answer that one.

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