According to a survey completed by Pew Research, Americans have changed their opinion on what determines a successful marriage. Once upon a time, the reason for marriage was to bear and raise children. Now, by a margin of 3 to 1, the reason for marriage is for mutual happiness and fulfillment over having children. So we’ve gone from roles of responsibility, sacrifice and adulthood, to “What will make me happy right now?” No wonder the divorce rate is so high! If you wake up one morning and don’t “feel” happy, its time to check out and find someone new to provide for you happiness and fulmillment.
In the survey, 62% of respondents said sharing household chores was an important determining factor for a successful marriage. Why not just hire a maid or a handyman service? Why do you need to get married to share chores? Back in 1990, 65% of people surveyed thought children were very important to a good marriage. Now only 41% say children are important. Of course, in this day and age, you can also pay for services to become pregnant or add to your family – IVF, Egg donors, surrigate parenting, adoption, etc. And you don’t have to be married. Don’t get me wrong, I think the technology we have to allow infertile couples a chance to have a baby is wonderful. And I think adoption is a great way to become a parent whether you can have biological children or not. BUT. I still think (call me old-fashioned), that children should be raised in a home with two parents of the opposite sex who are committed to a lifelong relationship. Its called marriage. Till death do we part.
We, as a society, have a long way to go to return to the things that made our country great.
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