So, marriage. In sociology, it's looked at as a social institution. (Mainly family is, but marriage is counted as well.) Currently, it's considered a social problem. Marriage. Not divorce. Marriage is a social problem. But marriage is a social problem because of divorce, but divorce occurs because of marriage (well, not directly from marriage, but you can't have divorce without marriage). It's confusing and fascinating and interesting all at the same time. Speaking of divorce, I do have "good news". As some of you may/may not have known, for the past while the United States divorce rate has been around 50%. 50%. About half of all marriages fail in the United States. But now, the most recent statistics show, from 2009 I think, that the divorce rate is closer to 40% rather than 50%.
There was a little bit about background and some nifty facts.
A fun fact about me is that I love marriage. I love the idea of it, I love the purpose of it, I love what occurs within marriage, I love the picture of marriage, I love marriage. The wedding, I don't really care about. The destination of the honeymoon, whatever. But the entity of marriage and all that it encompasses, I love.
The next few parts will include these about marriage:
- Preceding steps to marriage
- The purpose of marriage
- Marriage vs. Divorce
- Covenant marriages
- Difficulties within marriage
Now, I understand that I have never been married. However, I don't necessarily that means that I don't know anything about it. I do agree with the statement that those who are married know and/or understand more about marriage than I do, but I also agree with the idea that those who are not married still have a lot to offer on the subject. Besides, aren't we, as the Church, called the Bride of Christ? So, aren't we in marriage so to speak?
Anyways. I love marriage. I love relationships. And I am so excited to write and share my thoughts.
I'm also slightly scared out of my mind. Here we go.