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Has society outgrown the institution of marriage?

It seems fewer couples than ever get married. What used to be a given has become a seeming after thought. Has society become too cynical? DO they not trust enough? Have they lost faith in lifelong commitment? Are we more selfish?

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    Nov 18 2013: I recently got married in July 2013 at the age of 34 (after much procrastination), I guess that we probably couldn't blame society at large for it's members unwillingness to value commitment.

    If marriage = commitment, and commitment = choice, everyone has the capacity and the free will to choose.

    Society generally just likes what's easy, therefore could be said to have outgrown marriage - however, building a strong relationship is HARD and if people prefer the easy life over the hard life, then marriage for many will seem of very little value.

    I don't know about society, but I've certainly experienced the value in marriage!
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      Nov 18 2013: CONGRATULATIONS KAIN:>)

      When we say something is HARD, that is the reality we create for ourselves. In my humble perception and experience, learning and growing with someone in a relationship is a beautiful, joyous, adventuresome exploration. Challenging at times.....yes.....and with the challenges comes more and more learning and closeness.......IF......we choose to see it that way:>)

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