Well, we'll have to disagree on this one. I can't think of something that would derail a 16-yr-old's life more than getting married at age 16 aside from being a single parent at age 16 (yes, of course, barring tragic illness/death).
I personally found, having married a guy I met in college, that we were too young; we ended up drifting different ways and becoming different people and eventually divorced in late 30s. Would have been better to have broken up post-college. Of course, other people's results may vary.
Re "Your life's true pleasures, and the path to true happiness, reside in the lifelong commitments" - This would be a discussion for a different forum- but really? true happiness is making a lifetime commitment? To what - a person? a career? a philosophy?
I know I have changed over the years, and if I hadn't changed my relationship or modified my philosophies, I doubt I'd be as happy as I am now. In terms of career, I've modified a bit, but haven't changed a lot; but I know a lot of people find great joy in totally changing careers midlife
Anyway, not really for this forum; just found that line interesting.
And we'll have to disagree. I'd much rather 16 yr olds have protected sex than that they marry - whether someone their age (which means all the problems supporting themselves) or someone older.