values are higher than before
values are the same
values are lower than before
Materialism is killing more marriages than anything else. So many people anymore just have to have that bigger house, more expensive car, more expensive clothes and so on. Used to, the average house was around 1200 to 1500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, and at best 2 baths. People would raise 3 or 4 kids out of a house that size. To many married couples now a house like that is simply a starter home, and as soon as they decide to start having kids they end up trading up to some huge cookie cutter with 2500 plus square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 or more baths, and a walk out basement - all that for an average of 2 kids.
So what do they do with all that space, well they paint the walls all the same bland variations of off white to beige, fill it up with a bunch of dull furniture that looks like the same stuff all their friends have (bought on credit of course), put a TV in every room, and all of them spend their time apart in different parts of the house. Family activities for them consist of weekly soccer practice. They seldom sit down to the table and eat together. They never build that essential friendship with the kids, and they are always chasing that next material item thats going to make them feel good again. When you get down to it, its kind of hard for a family of 4 to maintain a close relationship in a 3000 sq foot cookie cutter home.
So then, with all that mountain of debt, someone looses their job and there you go, the debt piles up, the bubble bursts and the selfish parents divorce.
"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
Some days you just value your family more than others.
Is what you're living for today, worth dying for tomorrow?
others get caught up in their own little worlds and don't see the big picture.
And really, how do you, an individual, change the big picture?
That is a daunting task, and very few ever make such an impact...
it has to be up to the couple to maintain that commitment.Originally Posted by The Baron
government interference in the form of making divorce unnecessarily difficult won't make people love each other more, nor will it make them more committed to each other.
people get married for money, and they stay together in unhappy relationships for money. this is hardly new. is this supposed to be an example of family values?Originally Posted by The Baron
I wont argue against that point.Originally Posted by The Baron
my argument is that making divorce more difficult does not solve the root problem, and makes the consequences of it more severe.