TED Conversations

joy faber

recycling artist, Read "Write" Literacy of Torrance County

TEDCRED 10+

This conversation is closed. Start a new conversation
or join one »

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.

+3
Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Dec 22 2011: It works for most people, and has throughout history. The big problem is the degradation of integrity and honesty in our culture. Then there is the fact that we live longer then those who first instituted the condition, many of us tend to grow up differently and thus apart. The classic example is the wife who puts a husband through med school and he grows to see her as a lesser person, whether justifiable or not.
    • thumb
      Dec 22 2011: "many of us tend to grow up differently and thus apart"

      Indeed, and that, I would argue, is more a function of the diminishing significance and prevalence of homogenized ritual experiences. Ever increasing choice and variety of entertainment and "lifepath" in many post-industrial societies, at least, tends to allow for varied growth. I.e., traditions bind a people and for USAmerica and many societies that are similar to it globally in 2011 the traditions are in flux and therefore less cohesive and effective.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.