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joy faber

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Do you think marriage, as a social commitment device, still works? Or did it ever work?

I'd like to see what people think of marriage as a social commitment device.

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  • Dec 21 2011: IMHO, the traditional structure of marriage (legally, emotionally etc) is outdated and has not kept pace with the speed to which our society is evolving. All around us the world is changing and evolving and new structures are created with new dynamics, but we hold onto the marriage structure out of tradition, religion, guilt, family and social pressures. The current structure has a variety of strong points that others have noted, but a lot of issues are developed as well. If marriage were the ideal structure (if structure is even the correct format), there would be no need for marriage counselors, costly legal agreements and arrangements like pre-nups and divorce court. Individuals today are exercising more freedoms in their personal choices in all other areas of their lives. To assume that one decision made early in a persons young life should be a final decision, simply does not flow with the current evolution of social consciousness that is occurring. People are different, life changes along the way, new learnings occur, desires change, and experiences add to more experiences. How can we believe that one format could possibly be designed that fits all?

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