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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Marriage

English Translation Study till 22, job at 25, girl at 26, kids at 30, retirement at 60 ... and then wait for  death ... who wants to live such a boring life     

I'm using this dialogue yet again but it's because it so succinctly puts into words, what boggles me about life. Since, when has marriage become the goal of our lives? I understand that everyone wants someone to share a life with; to love but that would apply if all marriages were love marriages. They aren't.

We understand that child-marriages should be illegal because every child under 18 is too young to take on the responsibilities of marriage. What responsibilities? I thought this was about sharing your life not becoming an unpaid servant to the whims and fancies of your "other half" (applies to both men and women). And what qualifies you to be 'too old for marriage'? There are no physical disabilities that we succumb to once we get older! Then how does one get too old to marry?

Marriage is nothing but a binding contract for a relationship which I am in no way against but at the end of the day, it is a relationship. While, perhaps you may be too young to have one (not sure about this yet), you cannot definitely ever be too old for one.

Marriage should stop being treated as the ultimate goal of life, as the definitive next step when you turn of a certain age. And to those who say, we marry to procreate - open your eyes and look around! There are far too many people on this planet. If some people decided not to have kids, doesn't mean the human race will end. Apparently, humans love sex too much. At least we don't eat our children.