The other day I was reading an article that said certain research suggests divorce can be “contagious.” Not in the literal sense of the word, but the article did explain that if you have friends who divorce, the chances that you will divorce are higher. Around the same time, I read an interview with a famous female actor who basically said that the idea of one man and one woman for an extended period of time is unrealistic. And then, to top it all off, I saw another piece of news explaining that romantic comedies have a disastrous effect on real life relationships.
That’s a huge amount of negative information to take in all at once. I did find it ironic that the good, the bad and the ugly can all damage marriage and other serious relationships. With everything out there placing stress on marriage, why is the union of marriage something that is still so coveted? Sure, the bombardment of advertisements from wedding dress shops, caterers and televised marriage shows may have a minute part to play in the appeal of getting married. But thankfully, there is more to it than that. I say thankfully because there is a lot of peer pressure out there, as you can see, for married people and single people alike to look at one man-one woman relationships with disdain.
When I look back on my own marriage journey, I have to say that I’m glad that there were so many rules we had to follow before we married – we had to get permission from a priest, take classes, sign papers and have witnesses. But I think those things are put in place to help people realize the seriousness of marriage so they are more prepared to withstand the bombardment of negativity and the peer pressure presented by society today.