The Bonds of Family
Marriage, one of our oldest institutions, was build under the auspices of forming and maintaining families. For the past 100 years, there has been a unrelenting assault on the institution from all sides until now it has become an almost unrecognizable shell of it’s former self, seemingly designed to alienate the last of the competent people silly enough to commit to a loosing venture in every way. What was once a formative and celebrated step in every person’s life, has been diluted into a ceremony and a contract that marks the pinnacle in most relationships, and external forces and temptations of modernity are seemingly designed to create a never ending array of wants and expectations from each other.
As we move further into the 21st century, each generation becomes less capable of fulfilling the expectations of each other and “successful” marriages will continue to decline in spite of the relative comfort in which we live our lives. In fact, some would argue that it is this insulated world in which we find ourselves in that has created the weakness inherent in the bonds of marriage. The incentives are different when you rely on someone else for your very existence. A strong motivator indeed.
As modernity moves along, the lines between needs and wants blurs to the point where no relationship can afford to feed the financial furnace that is created as a result of people being so easily persuaded into making frivolous purchases. Combine that with a loosely agreed upon set of responsibilities, add some kids, and you have a recipe for personal strife and animosity.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, most recently their has been a consorted effort to change what marriage is in the name of social justice. As more modern lifestyles are forced into the mainstream, the net effect is a further alienation on the bond of marriage. The sanctity of marriage becomes less relevant when you ponder the idea of society wholeheartedly accepting the same between a woman and her cat, or other relationships biologically incompatible with the production of children. At a certain point, it looses all significance, and some would argue that’s the point. The dissolution of the family unit serves those in power by removing self-actualized people.
The traditional family is the cornerstone of the middle-class (and Americanism). Without parents being able to pass their intellectual wealth onto their children, those in charge will be capable of molding future generations into more pliable citizens who are less capable of agency and more reliant on the government. We are already seeing a decline in mental health, and a rise in people who are incapable of taking care of themselves. This systemic problem is fueling itself and provides an opportunity for never ending rhetoric absent of practical solutions as society collapses into two classes of people. The elite, and their serfs.